Today is the eighth day of Advent. Each day I will post a short blog aimed at kids that will help tell God’s story from the beginning to the birth of Jesus. And each day Meghan, my wife, will make a Christmas Tree ornament that helps us to remember the day’s Advent lesson. If you want to make them along with us all you will need is some felt, some glue, and some ribbon.I hope you will join us each day this Advent.You can catch up on any post you may have missed by clicking here.
For a long time I was afraid of the dark. Even now when I am all by myself I can be a little scared in the dark. The place that I find most scary in the dark are churches. I am not really sure why, I just do. Maybe it is because I am used to the church being so filled with light and life that when I am alone in a dark church it feels kind of wrong. Whenever I am alone in a dark church I reach for a light.
My son Simeon is also a bit scared of the dark. Even though his room is a place where he happily plays during the day, at night when it is dark he can get scared. To help him sleep better he has a light shaped like a turtle that he keeps in his bed. If he gets scared or nervous he can press the turtle’s shell to light up his room.
Sometimes I think the world can feel a bit dark and scary. So many bad things happen all the time. Some people are really mean to each other. Some people seem to really like hurting others. Some people don’t have enough to eat. Some people get really sick. Some people are at war. It is a lot of darkness and it can make me feel scared.
That is why I like that Jesus said he is the light of the world. I think Jesus meant two things when he said that. First he meant if we are scared or unsure of what to do we can turn to him for comfort, kind of like a night light. And second if people acted more like him, and believe in him a lot of this darkness and scariness would go away.
Today on the eighth day of Advent we remember that Jesus is the light in the darkness.