Advent getting you down?
Can’t listen to another Christmas song?
Too much to do and not enough time?
Do you need some inspiration for the final stretch before Christmas?
Or, if it’s too cold for star-gazing, click here. NASA has compiled a beauty Advent calendar of photographs taken by the Hubble telescope. Each day a breath-taking new photo of a distant galaxy or star formation is revealed. These photos offer a glimpse of worlds far beyond the one we know.
Our Advent worship services start with the song “Creator of the Stars of Night” which begins,
of the stars of night,
your people’s everlasting light,
O Christ, great friend to each and all,
we beg you, hear us when we call.
The haunting tune invites us to consider God’s eternal creativity and far-reaching love and power. A miracle of Christmas is that the creator of all we see – and beyond – chooses to come to mere Earth-bound mortals like us.
As healer from the heavens
you came in earth’s despairing hour,
appearing in a mother’s womb,
all dispossessed of wealth and power.
Viewing the magnificent drama of far-flung galaxies may offer some perspective on our lives. These photos may not minimize our problems, but they offer a reminder of the enormity of the God who loves us.
grieved for human sin and woe,
the anguish of our wayward race —
and death itself for us you braved
to give us life by loving grace.
We can gaze at these creations of light and color and be amazed that this creative God reaches out to each one of us with comfort, strength and hope.
O Christ, who suffered all
receive your people who adore
your holy name and, in your joy,
bind us in friendship evermore.
The gift of Light is given so we may share it with others. As we approach Christmas may we look for that light that shines in the darkness and remember that even the darkest moments cannot overcome it (John 1).
bright bearers of your light
In word and deed, and for your sake,
that creatures all might live in peace
and mercy all the world remake.
Look at the night sky.
Look at the pictures.
Soak in the wonder, the splendor of it all.
And then go out into the world and share some of that Light.
(Lyrics adapted by the Rev. Mary Luti)