Winter is upon us, and with it come shorter days. It's dark when we wake up and the sun is gone by 5:30. For many, this dark time can be very depressing. (Numbers of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder all over the U.S.). Thankfully, God has made us a promise: that the Light is in this dark world, and the darkness will not win.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. - John 1:5 (ESV)
This is the Collect (a collective prayer) from the Book of Common Prayer for the first Sunday of Advent:
ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy 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 quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
"Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light...put on the Lord Jesus Christ"
Romans 13:11-12;14 (ESV)
Praying for the Light of Christ to shine in you and on you during these dark winter months. Cast off the darkness and heaviness, and put on the armor of light!