Have you been watching the supermoon this week? I was up early one morning and caught a glimpse of it just as it was heading for the western horizon, full and glowing orange, a stunning reminder that the skies are full of the glory of God.
Tear open the heavens and come down!
Those are the words from the prophet Isaiah that kicked off our Advent season last Sunday. I love all the celestial imagery of the scriptures this time of year — the sun and the moon in Mark 13, the tearing open of the heavens in Isaiah. Advent begins in the far reaches of the cosmos and ends with the birth of one tiny human baby, on one of the millions of planets floating around the universe. (Thanks to Paul Snyder for that observation, by the way.)
At the start of this season, we cry out to God and want God to turn the whole world upside down with a dramatic shaking of the earth and heavens.
But what Advent teaches us is that more often than not, God works to upend power through vulnerable acts of love and powerlessness, small single lights that keep the darkness at bay.
The power of Advent is not God’s power over us, but the power of God-with-us.
So in this season, here’s my invitation to you: watch for the places that God is with us. Watch for the moments the light is shining.
There are plenty of ways to watch for the light. Here are a few:
- Make a list every day of the ways you’ve seen God at work – big or small. Write in your journal or share over the dinner table with your family.
- Light an Advent Wreath at your house. It’s a powerful reminder of how the light of God grows brighter through this season.
- Use this Advent Calendar, with images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
- Go outside and look at the night sky. It’s an amazing show up there, every night.
- Make church a priority. Be here as we light the candles and tell the stories. Be here as we watch for the light.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it.