West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

It happens every year about this time. I first notice it as I’m leaving home for an evening church meeting in mid-October and have to turn on the headlights on my car. It’s getting dark earlier. By the first of November it’s even more noticeable, and then the big change comes – moving from Daylight Savings Time to Eastern Standard Time. Suddenly that 6:30 sunset is at 5:30, and it’s dark by the time I’m eating my dinner. By early December, on a cloudy day, I’m turning on my headlights by 4:30. The shortest day of the year isn’t for another two weeks, but already I feel like I’m living in a world of darkness.
It is appropriate that the season of Advent comes during this period of shortening days, as we wait for the light to gradually return after the winter solstice. For Advent is about waiting for God to send Jesus, the Messiah, the light of the world. In Matthew 4:16 the writer tells us that Jesus was the fulfillment of this prophesy from Isaiah 9:2: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light: those who have lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.”
In these dark days of early December, as the daylight dwindles and the cold grows stronger, let us join with Christians all over the world who endure the darkness with hope and expectation. We have a promise from God that the darkness does not last forever – for the light of Christ is about to break forth in our world at Christmas!


Reverend Mack