The Fifth Day of Advent

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Courtesy: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

As I drove home from a sun-filled Eastern Montana Thanksgiving  along the mountainous US Highway 2, pinkish cloud tendrils teased the mountaintops as the late day sun gave way to evening. I took a fancy to the colorful fingers in the sky, wishing I was high above on a summit looking down on the playful clouds. But the closer I got to home in the Flathead, the clouds grew thicker and lower and darker. Soon the sky was within my reach, an oppressive ceiling pressing down on me. By the time I parked my car in the driveway, I was depressed. The smothering darkness had taken its toll on a soul that just hours earlier was dancing in sunlight.

The oppressive clouds have stayed firmly in place going on 7 days now, and I yearn for the life-giving rays of the sun. The world is a much darker place when we can’t see beyond our cold  cloud enshrouded  valley. Our lives can  feel very dark too, when we can’t see beyond our present struggles, when we can’t seem to capture the light we see alive in others lives. And yet, we can have hope, in the glimpses of sky as the clouds part- as a caring heart steps in – however briefly, that there is light for us to see, that we are not alone, and that our present struggle is only a temporary darkness. God walks with us in darkness and in light.

“For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” ~2 Corinthians 1:5-7 

Let your light so shine  – just as His light shines in the darkness.

The Fourth Day of Advent


This is a stanza from one of my favorite hymns, “Christ Be Our Light,” a hymn that has left me with tears in my eyes on numerous occasions, happy and otherwise. Christ is my guiding light. On the brightest of days He gets all the glory and through my darkest nights of life he is my beacon of hope. At Christmastime, light in all forms – candlelight, tree lights, lights along roof lines, flickering firelight,  star and moon light, light in the eyes of others -to me symbolize the light of Christ in our lives.

Let your light so shine  – just as His light shines in the darkness.

The Third Day of Advent


courtesy: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Happy 3rd Day of Advent. I was baptized as a child of Christ at Trinity Lutheran Church in March 1971 while living in Rock Springs, WY. As a month old child I had no say in such matters of faith but I am grateful to my parents for giving me to God when they did. As I grew into my own, my church and my faith  evolved in the years since.Trinity. From Atonement Lutheran, Lord of Life Lutheran, Lutheran Church of the Master, Holy Shepherd Lutheran, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, All Saints Episcopal, to where I worship now at Our Saviors Lutheran, each change brought me closer to God, more sure of His promise, and instilled in me the importance of having a community of faith. I don’t know where I would be in this world today without the support and love I found in all of my church families at every stage of my life. Through their examples of faith I witnessed God at work during good and bad times. I saw trust where trust would not be found without God. God worked through the special people He brought into my life to help me along my wayward path in life.

Let your light so shine  – just as His light shines in the darkness.