Light a lamp
Hope is patience with the lamp lit.
Many of us know of this hope Tertullian is naming. It is the hope you can find in waiting rooms and doctor’s offices, it the waiting that happens in the dark.
Lighting a lamp is an act that brings with it an intention. It shows that even in the darkness, light can come. To the homeless waiting through a cold and lonely night, to families whose loved ones struggle with illness, to ones who sit and wait in jail, to children who are hungry, to the military families whose loved ones are serving in some far-off place, to the father at the bedside, to the woman who is pregnant with child ~ for all of us this day and into this night ~ light is coming. Love is on its way.
The prayers of this Advent season companion us in this kind of waiting as well. We are reminded that God’s loving promise is for all our days. Especially this one.
Breath prayer: “hope comes” “in the darkness”
Prayer: God of Compassion enter into our darkest nights. Encourage us and lead us through this dark place into a light that will guide us closer to you. May we remember to always, always turn to you. Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.