It’s dark when I wake now, and it’s dark too in the afternoon when the kids get off the bus and make their way home. “When will it stop being so dark?” my son asks. I shake my head. “Maybe after the winter solstice,” I say.
That’s the great dark and light equalizer event, isn’t it? It’s what always comes to mind when I find myself panicking about the ebbing afternoon sun or about the days inching into winter, the calendar limping toward the end of the year.
In the Christian tradition, we spend this time around the winter solstice waiting. This season of winter waiting is Advent, from the Latin, “adventus;” it means “coming.” God is coming to be with us, among us, one of us.
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