Luke 1:68-79 – The Second Sunday of Advent – for December 6, 2015
â€œBecause of our Godâ€™s deep compassion, the dawn from heaven will break upon us, to give light to those who are sitting in darkness . . .â€ (Luke 1:78-79)
In the song of Zechariah, the stunnedâ€”but not speechlessâ€”father of the future John the Baptizer announced, â€œThe dawn from heaven will break upon us, to give light to those who are sitting in the darkness.â€
But Iâ€™m not so willing to abandon darkness.
Maybe Iâ€™m thinking about the dark because of Barbara Brown Taylorâ€™s â€œLearning to Walk in the Dark.â€ With questions and curiosities, Taylor wonders why Christians (and others) dread the dark. She writes,
[W]hen we run from darkness, how much do we really know about what we are running from? If we turn away from darkness on principle, doing everything we can to avoid it because there is simply no telling what it contains, isnâ€™t there a chance that we are running from God?
Can Advent, a journey toward light, also be a journey of divine darkness? Continue reading →