Our Advent Devotion for Saturday, December 4, comes to us from
The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
John 1:9 NIV
“It is very important to realize that Jesus never forces himself on us.
Unless we invite him in, he will remain a stranger”
With Burning Hearts, page 55, by Henri J. M. Nouwen
“Let in the Light”
We can’t control the sun, its brightness or its warmth. But we can control how much sun we experience. We can close our eyes or draw the shades. We can sleep through sunny mornings or cover ourselves from head to toe to avoid the sun’s rays. As powerful as the sun is, we can still resist it.
God’s presence is like this too. It is everywhere, freely offered to us every day. But we have free will to avoid it if we wish. We can close our eyes to it or draw the shades of our hearts. We can cover ourselves from head to toe in our own distractions and desires. We can sleep through life and avoid the light of God’s presence. But this is not what we want. We want the brightness, warmth and healing rays of Christ, the true light. Let’s step out into the bright sun of God’s presence. Let’s put on the warm light of Christ’s love.
During my teen-age years, folk hymns were very popular. The refrain from one of my favorites says: “I am the light of the world, you people come and follow me. If you follow and love, you’ll learn the mystery of what you were meant to do and be”
(Words by Howard Thurman and Jim Strathdee, Music by Jim Strathdee)
Lord Jesus, you are the true light. Cover me in your brightness. Warm me with your love. Amen. Henri J.M. Nouwen