These words penned by David Baroni have been forefront on my mind this Advent. There is a promise we are given each day, in each sunrise. I am reminded of a description from CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia; because of the White Witch’s grasp on geography of Narnia, it was “Always Winter and never Christmas”
I think this could describe the reality of many people in this world and to take it to the Advent theme of “light overcoming darkness” it is “always night and never day”. People learn to live in darkness, they get by stumbling in the shadows, no sight, no warmth in this world, lost, wounded and broken. The world, the nation, our government, the church, the sports teams we root for, the economy, leaders will all let you down, fail you at some point.
Advent points to a place, a landscape a reality that never falters. Advent proclaims to us; Get ready, something is about to happen, a change is coming. Light dispelling darkness in the Incarnation of Jesus, “Born a child but yet a King”. As we move towards the celebration of the first coming of Christ, our hope is also in His second coming, the consummation of the Kingdom of God. There is a future sunrise where death, darkness, pain, suffering, disease all cease. Set your hope in Christ and you will not be disappointed. In Christ everyday; every season, Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall; every moment contains the joy of Christmas!
The beloved Hollywood actor, Jimmy Stewart in one of his last roles has an encounter with the Christ Child. Mr. Stewart was a man of great faith. He filmed this scene in ONE TRY because the tender feelings in his expressions of love for Jesus could not be vainly repeated.
Through the long lonely night, When the darkness hid the light.
You gave me grace to trust, and now I see
Even when it’s hard to believe, Even when our hope seems all gone,
There has never been a night without a dawn – David Baroni