Light and Life
Light and Life. It is not only the theme of our upcoming Christmas services but also a fitting description of the Advent season. What is Advent? It can be generally defined as “the arrival of a notable person or event.” Advent, particularly, is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus.
We use the description of Light to express the reality of Christ’s coming as the “Light of the world.” Light is necessary for vision that we might see the truth. It is during Advent that we light candles to signify a certain quality of Christ’s coming into the world. Each week we see a different characteristic: Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy.
Life is in our title because that is what Christ has come to bring us. As light is necessary for growth, it is also necessary for life. The hanging of evergreen branches at Christmas sends the message of everlasting life that is not overcome by the bleak circumstances of winter. Christ came to bring both light and life. He is light and life. Come and see.