During Advent, we welcome the illuminating power of the light of Christ. Jesus’ presence reveals God’s infinite compassion even in life’s greatest challenges. The four weeks of Advent provide a special season in which to reflect upon the impact of the Light in all areas of life–especially in the difficulties we face.
For years, I falsely believed that embracing the light was about being positive, finding the silver lining, and keeping my chin up. I was wrong. Shining the light isn’t about forcing a plastered smile onto my face; instead, it’s about developing the courage to reveal what’s real and empowering others to do the same. Jesus doesn’t force people to be smiling sunshine. Instead, he invites people to be forces of illumination–revealing what’s true. Jesus brings reality into clearer view and gives us courage to recognize it, celebrate what’s sacred, heal what’s broken, and keep journeying.