A Word from Mr. Nunan
Season of Light
Advent is a season of waiting—waiting for the coming of God into our world. Advent is a season of hope—hope for the coming of the Messiah, born to a virgin named Mary betrothed to a man named Joseph.
Advent is also a season of light—light that shines bright and breaks through—light that overcomes and overpowers any darkness we might experience. The bright bulbs on our trees and homes echo the four candles of the Advent Wreath; everywhere, even as the days grow shorter, we seek light.
In our Chapel, the center stained glass windows depict the visit of the Magi. We know the scene: the lowly manger in crowded Bethlehem; the three wise men with their gifts; Mary and Joseph, and the baby Jesus. Everyone is gathered to welcome the infant, the stranger, the Divine presence revealed in a little child.
As I prayed in Chapel one morning recently before school, I had in my head a favorite Christmas song. It is “Who Comes This Night,” performed by James Taylor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30-h4ulNDow
The lyric that stayed with me:Brother Joseph bring the light
Fast, the night is fading.
And who will come this wintry night
To where the stranger’s waiting?
I looked up at the stained glass windows; I have stared at them countless times. This was the first time I noticed it—the lantern.
Joseph is standing next to Mary and Jesus, watching over them—loving them, protecting them, and yet in awe of them—shining the lantern upon them. Joseph offers what he can—his lantern, his small light to illumine the Light of the World.
What a wonderful image, I thought. Where can I shine my light? To whom can I bring my lantern? How will I help to illumine the presence of God in places of darkness?
The song kept playing, kept reminding me… bring the light, carry the lantern, welcome the stranger, give the fullest measure, ease the soul that’s aching, heal the heart that’s breaking. May this be our Advent prayer.