Tuesday, Third Week of Advent
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
-- John 12:46.
Deep within the clay, and O my people
very deep within the wholly earthen
compound of our kind arrives of one clear,
star-illumined evening a spark igniting
once again the ember of our lately
banked noetic fire. She burns but she
is not consumed. The dew falls gently,
suffusing the pure fleece. Her human flesh
adorns its Lord, and lo, the wall comes down.
And -- do you feel the pulse? -- we all become
the kindled kindred of a King whose birth
thereafter bears to all a bright nativity.
As we draw closer to Christ's birth in this time of advent (can you believe Christmas is just a week away?), things in our lives undoubtedly begin to overshadow what the true meaning of Christ's birth is...
What should I buy my friend for Christmas? Will the Bills make the playoffs? (Well, we tend to already know the answer to that every year) Or, what I'm sure most of us are currently thinking, How am I going to survive finals week?
All of these questions are naturally a part of who we are: we as human beings always have questions, worries, and concerns. And although, at the time, the question that is on your mind may seem like the most important thing in the world, let me assure you that it is not. A month from now, it probably won't matter. A year from now, it certainly won't.
There is truly only one question that should be of concern to us. Who could possibly save a fallen human race, one capable of such horrible injustice and evil? Who would even want to?
And well, the birth of Christ is the beginning of the answer to this question. "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." John 12:46. Don't ask me why, but God really cares about us. We certainly don't deserve his grace, but he forgives us anyways.
So, the next time you're stressed and writing a paper at 3AM, remember that no matter how worried you are about finishing, it's not that big of a deal. Finish it, turn it in, and don't worry about it. Take comfort in the fact that the one thing we should be worried about already has an answer, one that began with the birth of Christ.
--Justin Brown ‘14