#Advent 4 Casting out darkness

It has been grey and dark all day outside, but my morning prayers washed over me:

Almighty God, give all of us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.† http://www.explorefaith.org/prayer/fixed/hours.php

We could be forgiven, sometimes, for wondering if the darkness is winning. I see so much hurt and confusion around me, a very real lostness. But Jesus is indeed the Light of the World, and as we wait with darkness around us, for his light to wash away the dark for good, it is a joy to know that he gives us his grace so that we can cast away the works of darkness.

Because of the humility of Jesus we miss his searing light, so different from the fame and glory humanity covets. His light is framed in love, in a passionate pursuit of the other rather than self.

He gave everything.

The duck in the photo is a memento from a time where other people helped me back into the light. If it had not been for the generosity of friends and family, I might not have had the chance to get well. There are so many different shadows around us.


Surely then this is how we are to put on the armour of light. In a time where it takes a petition for us to consider why on earth there are so may food poor in our rich country, and where so many young people are in desperate need of help to stay mentally well, we really need the grace of God to pursue our calling, while in this mortal life, to carry the light of Jesus to others.

Today’s craft, making a little light:

A glass, some craft glue and scraps of material, hey presto you have warm and comforting light.

Never leave a candle untended.


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