12-17 Advent Devotional

Light for the journey

Jessica McCrae

Zephaniah 3:14-20

 “There is a crack, a crack, in everything …

that’s how the light gets in …”

No matter where you are in the world, I think it is fair to say we’ve all been through a lot this year – 2016 has been challenging.  We have witnessed war, the desperation of refugees fleeing, terrorism, missile test launches, the American election campaign, and the Brexit vote. We are bombarded with fear, signs of division and far too much anger.  So, it wouldn’t be surprising if we feel we are journeying through this advent with a few aches and pains, and a whole lot of yearning.

How wonderful then, to encounter Zephaniah today!  His song of joy today feels like a balm to our tired and bruised hearts, describing a time when disaster will be removed, shame will be transformed to praise and joy will be our song.


A life without fear.

Despite how broken the world may seem, this vision God has is breaking into the darkness, the light is getting in, preparing to be born into our world.  Let’s reflect it when we find it, and help guide each other home.

Rev. Jessica McCrae is with the United Church of Canada and the minister of Humbercrest United Church in Toronto, Ontario.

©2016 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group.  This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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