Advent Devotional 2021

Along Right Pathways by Susan+

Shine, Jesus, Shine

“Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

It was December. I had just caught the last commuter train from Montreal and it would easily be 1AM before I could crawl into bed, with a 7AM start the next day.  It was long before our ubiquitous cell phones and there was no way to tell anyone that I would be late.  As, finally, I stepped off  the train at  my stop and crossed the railroad tracks there was a loud pop and a flash in the sky and all the lights went out. A power failure. I only had about a 15 minute walk and it was suburbia, but it was still very eerie walking down the cold, silent, icy streets in the dark. Shapes loomed, looking unfamiliar, and my heart was beating a little faster than normal.  As I came over the crest of the small hill that led to our driveway I could see a pinpoint of flickering light.  Mom had put a candle in the window to guide me safely home.

We cherish Jesus’ teaching in John’s Gospel when he says to the gathered community “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 These are words not only of comfort, when darkness and brokenness of all kinds seem to gain the upper hand, they are words that in themselves give strength.   Whatever challenge we might be facing, Jesus makes it abundantly clear, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”  But our conviction doesn’t end there. We can be that person, incarnate, that offers the light to someone else…someone who needs a little inspiration, a little encouragement, a little guidance, on their way home.