“Yet in Thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight.”
Advent is a time of hope.
We hope for a better life – for a better world —
one without war and suffering and global warming and ebola viruses.
We long for peace.
We long for joy.
We long for love.
If we spend too much time thinking about the problems of the world
we find ourselves sinking deeper and deeper into the darkness of despair.
But Advent is a time of hope. We are a people of hope and we know for sure that in the dark street shines the Everlasting Light –
in the darkness dwells the Hope of all eternity.
For in Jesus we know that God has come to live in us and through us,
empowering us to overcome all the forces of darkness.
Today we light a candle of Hope, and thousands throughout the world will light their candles. Imagine that light growing brighter and stronger each day as we carry that light out into the world and live as people of Hope.
Our Light has come – and we shine that Light of Hope.