Saint Mark Daily Advent Devotional – December 20, 2014

by Mary Abbott Waite

Scripture: “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'”  (Matthew 25:40)

Today is the day before the longest night of the year.  So we find ourselves waiting for the light. We long not to get up in the dark or not to start for school or work in the dark. We long for more light in the late afternoon. Even though nighttime photographs from space show North and South America spangled with the lights from thousands of towns and cities, we long for more daylight.  It seems appropriate that one lectionary reading for today is Revelation 6 that tells of the arrival of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the Lord’s Day of Wrath–war, pestilence, famine and tyranny do seem to hold sway in the world.

But I didn’t choose that reading. Why? Because we are waiting for the Light. No matter how dark the days, no matter how much power personal pain and sorrow and the trials of the world seem to hold, we are waiting for the Light of Love, as shown in Jesus the Christ. “Love came down at Christmas,” we sing. And in today’s scripture, Jesus tells his followers how to experience life-giving love and its blessings–share it with others. We are all members of Christ’s family and all stand in need. By doing all we can to share the light of love with others, we move from waiting for the Light to living in the Light.

Prayer: Loving God, help us to share the light of your love with others and so let your Love and Light rule in our lives.  Amen.

Saint Mark United Methodist Church


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