I love the Advent season, where the themes of light and dark are such rich ones for contemplation. We are all watching the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, but we wait in hope for the Light to be revealed, and we festoon our houses inside and out with lights in defiance of the dark and in anticipation of celebration. The King is coming and we make ourselves ready, inside and out.
But the weeks leading up to Christmas can be hard ones as well. I’ve lived some of those Christmases, where joy is hard to find and hope flees in the dark. I have a keener appreciation for those who struggle through the holidays. That is why I want to share this post with you, from the talented Lanier Ivester, over at The Rabbit Room. She acknowledges the dark and the despair, but finds the seeds of joy in it all the same. As she says,
“Isn’t that just the astonishing thing about Christmas—that after all the centuries of hurt and brokenness and disappointment and despair, the world still turns itself upside-down for joy?”
For all of the weary and discouraged, for those who are needing that hand holding yours in the dark, I invite you to pour yourself a hot beverage, pull up your chair, wrap yourself in a blanket, and have a read.