The darkest day of the year is near. On December 21, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will have the longest night of the year and the shortest period of daylight. There will be over five hours more darkness than we had back in June. That’s a lot of darkness. Below are some quotes about light to help brighten and bring some hope into our cold, dark Advent season.
John 8:12 “I am the light of the world,” he said. “Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness.”
Psalm 18:28 “For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.”
Micah 7:8 “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.”
John 1: 5 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Genesis 1:3-5 “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.”
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world… let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 11:7 “Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.”
Proverbs 13:9 “The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.”
Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Revelation 22:5 “Night will be no more, nor will they need light from lamp or sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign forever and ever.”
Although this is a season of dormancy and darkness, remember that the light of the world, the Christ-child, came to bring hope to those lost in the dark. How fitting that we celebrate his radiant birth in a few days…
Prayer from December 2018 edition of Magnificat:
Lord, Jesus Christ, you are the light of God’s face to us in the long night of Advent. Shine on us in darkness while we await in hope the dawning of your coming day, who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.