Our Wandering Wise Men Day 15

December 11

Gaspar used the flame from the candles to light a torch.  He didn’t want to admit it to the others, but he found the darkness that came far too quickly in the evening around here a little intimidating, and having this torch light their way would be of great comfort for him.

“What is coming upon the world is the Light of the World. It is Christ. That is the comfort of it. The challenge of it is that it has not come yet. Only the hope for it has come, only the longing for it. In the meantime we are in the dark, and the dark, God knows, is also in us. We watch and wait for a holiness to heal us and hallow us, to liberate us from the dark. Advent is like the hush in a theater just before the curtain rises. It is like the hazy ring around the winter moon that means the coming of snow which will turn the night to silver. Soon. But for the time being, our time, darkness is where we are.” – Frederick Buechner

Today’s micro-challenge:  Take a moment this evening to sit in darkness before lighting a candle.  Give thanks for the light that is Jesus.

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