Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Advent and Hanukkah are upon us. One, Advent, is about waiting for the light and the other, Hanukkah, is called the Festival of Lights. Light is so precious.
For those of us who live in areas where the sun is not a frequent visitor, we know how important light is to our spirits and moods. Seasonal Affective Disorder is called SAD for a very good reason.
Just preparing for the light can lift our spirits and many people light candles in Advent as a way to usher in the greater light of Jesus. And the story of Hanukkah with the precious oil for the lights lasting eight days reminds us that light can bring surprises and blessings as we bask its warmth. Light is something to celebrate.
The Sabbath was meant to be a light at the end of a week. For six days the Jews worked and toiled through long days from dawn to dusk. The light was there as they worked but it was not something they could afford to bask in for there was too much to be done. But on the evening of the sixth day the candles were lit and basking in God’s gifts began. The light of God was now the focus of the next 24 hours. No work was to be done in order that the focus be uninterrupted. In that light they celebrated God, each other and the fruit of the land.
For Christians, who moved the Sabbath to Sunday, the light of God is also the focus. Many church services begin with the lighting of the candles ushering God’s light into the sanctuary. And the services end with the taking of the light out into the world.
For your Sabbath moments this week focus on the light. Light candles, spend time in the sunshine, or sit before a blazing fire and focus on the light as the light of God. What does this light mean to you? How has God enlightened your path, your life? How are you bringing the light of God into the world?
Rest and celebrate in the power of the light.
And God said, “Let there be light and there was light.
God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness.”