The Coming Light
by: Jill Ver Steeg
In Advent we anticipate the coming of the One who will restore us. In Advent we wait for the One whose face will shine upon us. In Advent we long for the One who will save us. The passion of the Psalmist’s prayer cuts to the deepest sense of our longing: “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” Is the psalmist’s prayer a foreshadowing of John’s prologue: “The light shines in the darkness . . . the true light, which enlightens everyone” (John 1:5, 9)?
Into what darkness in your life, in your community, in the world, does Christ come? From what do you need deliverance? By what or whom are you being held captive? As the people of Israel yearned for deliverance and the coming of the liberating King, so we yearn for the coming of the Messiah, for the light of his countenance to shine forth and save us. Does a relationship need reconciliation? Does a truth need to be told in love? Or forgiveness and mercy extended? Grace given and received? “The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world” (John 1:9).
Come, Lord Jesus! We long for your presence. Our lives and our world find rest in you alone.