A Reflection for Advent 2

John 8:12.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

Gracious God, as we begin the 2nd week of Advent, and our streets and homes begin to fill with the lights of Christmas, we remember that even the tiniest ray of light will make its way through the darkness, that for every shadow there is a spark. We thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ, who came to restore light into places where darkness has fallen, and who in bringing light into our world, radiates a pathway of Hope. And so, this week, we pray for all those for whom life feels dark at the moment, for whom the lead up to Christmas is difficult or for those whose sense of hope is challenged. May the power of Your love break through bringing hope, assurance, and comfort. May we reflect beams of Your light in our communities. So too, we pray that You will help us to follow the light of Christ and allow its radiance to guide us and lead us forward in the days to come. Jesus, Light of our World, we turn to You. In Your name we pray, Amen.