Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.
Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.
(John 1: 1- 15, The Message)

Photo: (c) iStock.com / Eskemar (image #853788426)In this dark season of the year we connect with our longing for the coming of the life-light.

As our stores, neighborhoods and our own houses and sanctuary come alive with decorations and lights, as the background music in malls and offices turns to Christmas songs, as tv ads wrap every item being marketed with a red bow and add the sound of sleigh bells to every pitch they make …. As the culture becomes soaked with almost relentless cheer; here in the church we take a long, gentle breath.

During the weeks of advent we remind ourselves to pause among all the bright celebration. To be aware of the bleakness in this present world, and to sit in the soft, quiet darkness and allow the life within it to awaken in us.

We pause to be in touch with our longing for a better world. A world where the wolf and lamb live together in peace and the leopard lies down with the kid; a time when o one shall hurt or destroy in all God’s holy world. A life in which refugee children are not separated from their parents and where everyone has food and housing.

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 rejoice in the promise that God is always with us and for us, on the side of our thriving. 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 joyous Christmas, and a Happy New Year!