During the season of Advent, people from our congregation at Martins Creek Mennonite Church have collaborated to create an Advent devotional.  Each entry has been written by one of our own, both young and old.  We hope these meditations are a blessing to you during this Advent season.

Isaiah 63:16-19; 64:2-7

The season of Advent does not start off very “merry and bright.”  In fact, the prophet Isaiah gives us a very dark picture of the world in which he is living.  The people of God are living in a very dark and subdued land.  God is not being praised, festivals are not taking place and there seems to be no hope in sight.  A great darkness seems to have taken over the very people who have so much to be joyful about.  This is how Advent begins.

We too are living in a dark world.  This Advent season begins with us living in a dark world.  Our own nation is involved in two wars, political unrest and violence in our neighborhoods.  The rest of the world joins us in wars, rebellions, massive unemployment, corruption, disease, famine and a lack of concern for life in general.  We live in a world of selfishness and conceit. Verse six says, “We all fade like a leaf, and our sins, like the wind, take us away.”

The world is a dark place and the beginning of Advent reminds of that reality.  At times we can become overwhelmed with all of the evil and death that comes upon us.  Advent begins with the grim reminder that the world is dark, but it does not end there.  Advent ends with glorious light and hope and peace!  Keep reading.  Don’t give up.  Darkness will be overwhelmed with an amazing Light.  This Advent season, look for light peeking through the dark.

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