Posted by: mcgurker | December 4, 2008

Put on the Armor of Light

This year, for advent I have been using a devotional calendar called, Advent a Calendar of Devotions by James A Harnish.  In the introduction, he tells us that every candle lit one by one, week by week is a protest of light against the darkness.  “They declare to every power of darkness that there is a light that shines in the darkness and the darkness will never be able to overcome it.”   The scripture passage for today’s meditation comes from Romans 13:12, “the night is far gone, and the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” 

To put on the armor of light means to love all of our neighbors as ourselves (Romans 13: 9). In a world threatened by human induced climate change and environmental destruction, we call called to be lights of protest, engaging in stewardship rather than destruction. In a culture where the notion of consumerism has become so all consuming that a man is trampled to death at a Wal-Mart during what is supposed to be a season of peace and good will, we are called to be lights of protest, refusing to participate in the madness that surrounds us.  Let us take a step back, and being assured by the hope of advent, look around us for other lights shining in the darkness.

Check out our tips sheet, The 12 Low Carbon Days of Christmas.
The Diocesan Committee on the Environment has an
Eco-Advent Calendar with tips and stewardship activities.
The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has an
online advent calendar with daily devotions. 

The following quotations have been lights for me in my advent reflections.  May they be the same for you.

                He is breaking down the barriers,
                He is casting up the way;
                He is calling for His angels
                To build up the gates of day:
                But His angels here are human,
                Not the shining host above;
                For the drumbeats of His army
                Are the heartbeats of our love.
                – Henry Burton (an Advent Hymn)

Love all of God’s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand.  Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light! Love the animals, love the plants, love everything.  If you love everything, you will soon perceive the divine mystery in things.  Once you perceive it, you will comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.  
– Fyodor Doestoyevski

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