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As I sit down to write this encouragement note to you, it is the first Sunday of Advent. The Sunday where we typically reflect on the Light of the World. I’ve been thinking about it all day.

And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness shall not overcome it. John 1:5

It’s hard to think about light without thinking about darkness. In literal terms, the days are becoming shorter and shorter and the night comes even more quickly. Figuratively speaking, darkness is crowding us out: from the never ending pandemic to the fear of the unknown concerning how it has affected our livelihoods. The darkness feels suffocating when there is concern over the leadership of our country, and most especially the heaviness of night is unbearable when we think about relationships that just aren’t right, whether they are parent/child, spousal, or sibling. Where is there hope when it all seems just so dark? Just so desperate? Just so hard?

And then I remember: THE DARKNESS SHALL NOT OVERCOME IT. Amen and the end. THERE is my hope. I know the days are long; the money is never enough; the hurt doesn’t end. But Jesus wins. I know it. I believe in Him. Rather, I believe HIM.

As we approach the holiday season, I’d encourage you to take a moment to intentionally sit in the dark, whether the darkness of your soul or the darkness of your living room. Sit in that space and think about the light. Light always wins.

Holly Winters

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