Ann Voskamp :
We’re on the cusp of the tradition of Advent — and this changes the conditions of everything: He is coming.
Because when the news grabs the world at the throat, shakes it like a bully…
when the phone rings with that call that reverberates for weeks, when you’re sitting up late at the table after everyone’s fallen asleep… you need to know that there’s a resurrection to roll backimpossible doors.
It can be like the whole world’s whispering: We’re waiting for You, Lord.
And He can promise it: Coming.
Standing there at the prayer table, it only takes me a minute to simply light a candle that moves directly from the tradition of Giving Thanks to God —- to the tradition of Advent and Wanting and Waiting for More of God.
The house fills with the scent of more and the light dances up the wall and I’m lit: It’s impossible for all the darkness in the world to smother out the light of a single candle in the hand.