Awakening

Advent“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23

The challenges of each day settle on us like dust, weighing us down and darkening our thoughts at the end of the day. A critical word that continues to sting. A failure that lingers and accuses. A broken relationship that seems beyond reconciliation. A problem that remains unresolved. A restless night lies ahead.

But in time daylight blushes into the eastern horizon. The darkness gives way to dawn. A new beginning is born. And somehow a new beginning is birthed in us. Nothing looks quite the same in newborn light. And by God’s grace what happens outside of us also happens inside of us. A new day. A new beginning. An awakening to God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. Baptized in morning light  and God’s grace we are washed anew for a new day.

Just as we come to the darkest days of the year we enter the season of Advent. It’s a season of waiting and watching for the Light of the World to dawn in our lives again, a season of awakening to the goodness of God’s presence born in us anew each day.

It is my hope and prayer for you this Advent Season that God would awaken you, that God would open your eyes anew to the hope, peace, joy and love that is ours in Christ. No matter how dark and weighed down you feel this season, may the light of Christ’s life dawn in you.

Need a little help getting into the season? Take a moment and listen to this version of my favorite Advent song.

 Jeff Marian is lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN

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  • Ken Walter

    A return in that it is also my hope and prayer for you. Thank you.