“We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” ~ Madeline L’Engle
The season of Advent is one of my favorite times in our life as the Church. The world around us is bustling with shopping, holiday movies, silly songs, endless parties, and too much traffic everywhere we go. The winter sun sets noticeably earlier in New England, making the days short and the nights long. In the midst of this season of darkness and commercial frenzy, we, as people of faith, are invited to be still, to pray, and to light candles – to BE and to show light in the darkness. It’s a wonderfully counter-cultural way to live – as quiet light, shining forth with a peaceful heart to all those we love and to all we meet. When we witness to God’s love in our lives, people wonder and want to know the source of that peace which passes all understanding.
In this season, how might we show others this Light we know and for whom we always hope?
- Advent and Christmas are wonderful times to invite someone new to join you around your dinner table for a meal as you light your Advent wreath.
- Perhaps you have a crèche in your house you could use to share the story of Mary and Joseph, Baby Jesus, and the shepherds, with the young people in your life or in your neighborhood? When my children were younger, I invited their friends each year to make ornaments and decorate my Christmas tree. Their friends, who were of many different faiths and “none,” learned about what Christmas means to me.
- Our Trinity offerings of Blue Advent, Advent Vespers, the Christmas Pageant, and the Wednesday Office, are invitations for you to deepen your experience of Advent AND to share the Light with others.
Our “Window” motto of late has been “We invite, the Spirit ignites!” As Madeline L’Engle so beautifully reminds us, our discipleship is about showing the Light of Christ to others so they will see the Light in all its beauty and seek to know its Source. That is the work of the Holy Spirit, our work is to invite and invite and invite! As we prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming again, may we open our hearts to the work of the Holy Spirit in our midst and join in with love and light so all can see the wonder of God’s love.
Advent blessings, Nancy