Yesterday was the winter solstice- an official beginning to our winter season. While I generally pay very little attention to the passing of seasons, during advent I have found comfort in this shift into winter. While the winter solstice is generally known for being the shortest day of the year, it also necessarily is the longest night of the year. From now on, the nights will be slowly getting shorter and we will have more and more light in our days. What an incredible thing nature can teach us about the coming of Jesus during the advent season. 

As we celebrate Christmas and launch into a new year, we are reminded of the slow and progressive march through time from Advent to Easter. Starting now, at the birth of Christ, we can notice less dark in our world and more light. My challenge to you this season is to notice these little things and to reflect on the slow growth of your walk with the Lord. May you notice the incremental growth of light in your life as you walk with Christ through this season into the next. 

Blessings to you and your family this Christmas. We at CARE for AIDS are excited to take some time of rest and celebration and we look forward to connecting with you in 2017! 

“Advent Prayer
In our secret yearnings
we wait for your coming,
and in our grinding despair
we doubt that you will.
And in this privileged place
we are surrounded by witnesses who yearn more than do we
and by those who despair more deeply than do we.
Look upon your church and its pastors
in this season of hope
which runs so quickly to fatigue
and in this season of yearning
which becomes so easily quarrelsome.
Give us the grace and the impatience
to wait for your coming to the bottom of our toes,
to the edges of our fingertips.
We do not want our several worlds to end.
Come in your power
and come in your weakness
in any case
and make all things new.
― Walter Brueggemann, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth