Favorite Things Monday: The Darkness Has Not Overcome It Edition

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life, and life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 

I think this is typically a verse that we read as we head into the Advent season. I love John chapter 1 because of the plain and simple, straight forward verbiage. The Word has come, Christ has come, he is Emmanuel, literally God WITH us. And with that, the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

We are fresh out of Thanksgiving (the holiday, not the act of giving thanks) and Christmas is fast approaching. We have a couple of weekends of soccer tournaments ahead of us, and there are a few behind us. We have had great cause for celebration. That’s always good. There have been moments over the last couple of weeks where life felt incredibly fragile. I realized that I wasn’t overcome by fear but I will tell you, it felt so fragile. The pendulum swung far and fast and for really good and really really difficult reasons. Back and forth…

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

These words are true today. These words were true a few weeks ago. They are always true. Sometimes we have more opportunity to see it, that light blasting through the darkness. Sometimes we don’t see it right away but it is still true. He is Emmanuel, God with us. He came for us. Darkness has not overcome it.

It was good to have a few days to give thanks, run a race and spend some time with my family. I liked being under the same roof, watching Hallmark movies, enjoying a twinkle light filled house and relaxing with my people. Today was a little shock to the system. My eyes felt a little computer screen fried. There is a lot coming up to look forward to including one of my favorite times of the year. Cephas got really excited thinking that Sunday was the first day of Advent. I almost hated to tell him he had one more week. In hindsight, I should have just gone with it.  Advent has made Christmas that much more special for us as a family. It isn’t close to any definition of perfect but it has become something that is special to us. As much as my kids love the expectation and anticipation of Christmas, I need the time that forces me to be still so that I can sit in the anticipation of Christmas. I can get busy and distracted and then end up missing it and then it’s time to pack everything up till next year.

Maybe you haven’t done Advent before. Whether that is on your own, with friends or with your kids, I encourage you to do that this year. I’ll post later this week with some resources and things that we love and some traditions that my kids appreciate. I don’t care if you are single or married, no kids or fill an SUV, I love little things that slow me down (even if there are kids running around) and make this time extra special. I love to walk that road of scripture, to remember that the Word became flesh and dwells among us. Christ came. He is Emmanuel, God with us. He was perfection, born into our mess…then steps into our mess and changes everything.  And the darkness has not overcome it.