Advent Week 2: Dawn

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Sorry this post is a day late!  We had some crafty fun happening here last night and, to be honest...I forgot!  (See my instagram for fun pics of a diy lego snowglobe!)

You can complete this week’s Advent liturgy at any time that works best for you, but if you are able to muster everyone out of bed before dawn at some point during the week, that would be ideal!

Sing or listen to the hymn “O Gladsome Light”

As you listen, enjoy this beautiful painting, “Marsh at Dawn”, by Albert Bierstadt.

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Scripture:

Isaiah 40:3-5

Reflection:

Dawn: that short, fleeting time when the darkness of night is lifting, but the sun has not yet appeared over the horizon.  Birds begin to sing jubilantly and all the animals begin to awake.  Out of the stillness comes a great sense of stirring and activity; and yet, the sun has not risen.  But all of creation knows that the sun will, indeed, rise, just as it has every day for thousands of years.  

This is what the season of Advent is all about: the dawn of our hope and salvation.  Our Faithful God who continues to cause the sun to rise day after day has promised a Deliverer, and His promises are sure.  The words of the prophet Isaiah, fulfilled through John the Baptist, prepared the way for the coming of the Savior.  This was the time of the dawn; the sun had not yet risen, but the world was astir with the expectation of its coming.  We can embrace this same hope as we light our advent candle this week.  As long and dark as the days may feel, we can trust that the Light will come, because the Lord’s promises are as sure as the coming of the dawn.

This week, if you are able, go outside about a half hour before sunrise and watch what happens.  What do you notice happening as the light grows?  What do you hear?  What do you see?  How does this remind you of God’s faithfulness?

Light the second Advent candle

Closing prayer:

Lord, our nights often feel long and dark, but we trust in Your promise to send Your salvation through the birth of Your Son, Jesus.  As we light this candle, help us to see its light and be reminded of Your faithfulness to us, day after day, as sure as the coming of the dawn.  Amen.

Benediction:

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

May the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Amen