Darkness to Light
2021 Advent Devotional
The word advent means “coming” or “arrival.” As a church family the season of Advent is one in which we wait together for the birth of the Christ child, as well as anticipate the return of Christ in his second advent. Our theme this year as we wait is from darkness to light.
We have experienced much darkness this last year and a half. People are weary of darkness; we long to see light. It is in the reality of the Incarnation that we are mindful of a God who in Christ has invaded the darkness and illuminates our lives with his love and presence. If asked the question which comes first, the day or the night, most of us would answer that day comes first. Night comes when day is over. Day leads to night. But that is not how God sees it. If we believe with the world that everything goes from light to darkness, then everything is in the process of darkening. And it often feels that way. We go from day to night, from youth to aging, from strength to weakness, and ultimately from life to death. Day to night. It is the way of the world, but it is not the way of God. When God created the universe, it was not day to night. It is written, “there was evening, and then there was morning.” The day began with night. There was evening and then there was morning. That is how God designed it. The world moves from day to night. Our life with God moves from night to day. In Jesus Christ we go from darkness to light, from weakness to strength, from despair to hope, from sin to freedom, from guilt to innocence, from tears to joy, and from death to life.
Thank you to our contributors who have prayed over and reflected upon these Scripture texts, using this as an opportunity to bring glory to God and to encourage our Westminster family as we wait for the arrival of the Christ child once more. C. S. Lewis who wrote these words many years ago “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.”
May your Advent season be filled with this reality as together we meditate upon God’s Holy Word and reflect on “the light that is the life of men.”
"In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day."
Genesis 1: 1-5