“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.” – Isaiah 9:2
The season of Advent is ingeniously placed at the time of year with the shortest days. It is the darkest time of year. During our Advent services we read from the dark prophecy of Isaiah. But, the readings we come across are the most joyful and hopefilled moments in his entire book. Out of darkness comes the hope of “Immanuel, God with us.”
Thus we sing and thus we pray. During the darkest evenings of the year, our worship has us longing for the light, the Messiah who breaks through on Christmas Day.
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of
darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of
this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit
us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come
again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the
dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.