There is a God whose light shines in every darkness
There is a God who hears every lament
There is a God who transforms even the deepest grief
Therefore you have hope:
You shall sing again, but with a different tune
You shall dance again, but with a different step
You shall laugh again, but with a different breath
Not yet, but one day,
For there is a God who heals your wound with the gentlest hand.
This may seem a mournful poem to have so close to Christmas, but I think that Advent is a time that encourages us to reflect on the last year. Many of us have suffered loss, perhaps bereavement, or a change in circumstances at home, perhaps a child leaving home. The rich pattern of our lives is made richer by the contrast between sadness and joy, light and dark, but this poem reminds us of the love of God even in the little things and the hope for the future.
Thank you for all who love us and who we have loved
Those with us and those we have lost
Lift our hearts when we are sorrowful
And remind us of the hope we have through you