Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

I believe in the sun

even when it’s not shining.

I believe in love

even when I can’t feel it.

I believe in God

even when God is silent

I believe in the light.

I Believe Even When

I hope the neighborhood where you live is like mine… ablaze already with Christmas lights and candles in windows.  Because I feel pretty sure that your calendar is like mine … empty of the usual concerts, parties, and gatherings that fill the season with warmth and connection.   And after the year that we’ve had, nothing sounds better than a return to warmth and connection, and hope.

We’ll open our advent worship each week with the words written above sung for us by Ian Timmons. Words that were found scrawled on a wall during the Holocaust, left behind by an anonymous Jew who had been in hiding. Words that testify to the human ability to see beyond the immediate fear, and even horror and to hold fast to what is good.

We’ll sing of the light that has come into the world as an expression of resilience and resistance to despair. On the afternoon of December 13, we’ll pause in the middle of the season of hope and joy to name and pray for the pain and grief we are also carrying with us this season.  Because this is what it means to be human… to know grief and joy intermingled.  

In this dark season at the end of a difficult year we will connect with our longing for the coming of the life-light. As we connect with our deep longing we can welcome in the deep joy of the incarnation – God’s presence among us in frail and vulnerable form.  We can root ourselves in the promise that God is always with us and for us, on the side of our thriving – even when it is hard to see and feel.  We can rejoice that together we belong to the body of Christ – called to seek and share that life-light, that Word of peace, hope, and justice with the world. 

Wishing you a blessed advent, a heartfelt Christmas, and a healthy New Year.