This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. It is in this time, when the days grow short and the nights long, that we are reminded to wait for the coming of the light in the darkness.
Churches across the nation will pull out their advent wreaths and light the first of the five candles — the candle of hope.
Hope is where we begin.
We remember that death, darkness and division do not have the final word. We are given hope that even when things seem bleak, the light will overcome.
But the waiting of Advent is not a passive stance. It is the active work of preparation. Advent is the time when we prepare for the coming of the Lord.
It is in this time that we learn how to see the world through the lens of hope; how to wield the tool of peace; how to fuel our mission with joy and root ourselves in love. We train to be Christ’s followers.
Christ did not come into the world as a light so we did not need to be lights. Christ came into the world as light so we too could be lights in the darkness. As followers of Christ, we are called to be light in dark places. We are called to care for our brothers and sisters.
Our work at New Baptist Covenant is preparing Baptists to be a better witness is dark times.
We believe our work is more important now than ever before.This year has been an amazing year of growth and accomplishment and we are grateful for you.
Thank you for journeying with us this year. May the tools to advent prepare us for the path ahead.