Change is the constant state of the universe. People often say, “I don’t like change.” But regardless of whether we like it, it’s a guarantee. The Light of Christ illuminates in special ways in the face of change.
In the book of Acts, we encounter Saul. He was a devoutly religious person, and he believed fiercely that early Christians were heretics. He wanted to get rid of them. Then he experienced a complete and utter change of heart. He saw a light and heard the voice of Jesus say, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
That encounter with the True Light changed Saul forever. He was later called Paul. He became a dedicated proclaimer of the good news of Jesus. The Light shined in the midst of the changes Saul/Paul faced as he transformed from tormenter to defender. In loss, failure, disruption, and change, Jesus illuminates. His presence gives us the courage to navigate the winding roads of this life knowing that we never travel alone.
This message is an excerpt from “Advent: the season of illumination” by Emily Anne Carson in Café’s December 2019 faith reflection.