From Vern's Menno Focus:
Joyous Advent and Merry Christmas to each one. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not put it out.” That meditation from the first chapter of the gospel of John just about says it all. We experience struggle, difficulty, the whole human mix, in this season. And there is light! And yet there is light.
The Christian gospel has several touchstones that echo with this theme of light. At the very beginning of the Bible, we have the repetition of the words “it was good” about creation. That which is our home and destiny – creation – has already and always been pronounced “good.” So there is no cause for despair or cynicism.
At the end of the Bible is the river of life that flows through the center of the City of God. In the Bible, life and death are not held in a balance. Rather, it is life, even in the midst of death, that is affirmed. Life on this earth is fragile and brief, but Life, that which is lived in the presence of divine love, is eternal and utterly indomitable. Life flows through creation like water flows downhill. It will flow. That is God’s affirmation. When we give ourselves to love, it will flow. It is eternal. There is nothing like it.
What might this look like practically? Well, as the song goes:
Make someone happy, Make just one someone happy. And you will be happy, too. (Make Someone Happy, Jimmy Durante)
Rejoice in those who love you. Receive the gift of mornings and evenings. Offer yourself with the love that you have to share (but do not attempt to offer too much; let the love you have guide the love you share). Remember the poor, for they are a beloved part of the City of God, and their destiny is to be caught up as much as anyone in the abundance of God. Bear one another’s burdens. And drink deeply of the moments of sweetness.
Vern Rempel, ed.
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.