Today's Advent story comes from Jared Cormier, who reminds us that even in the darkest times of our lives we can anticipate light to come.
In my experience, times of darkness are closely followed by times of light. Darkness is a part of life, and it is something that everyone must experience. Nevertheless, it is difficult to deal with. It is burdensome. It can even seem never ending. Despite this, darkness is extremely important as it allows you to appreciate the light—the good times that are sure to follow.
Whenever I find myself dealing with a difficult situation, whether at work, at home, or wherever, I always keep in mind that this too shall pass. Easier said than done, but no doubt, it’s true. I’m constantly reminded of this fact whenever I look back on the positive things I’ve experienced in my life. If I take enough time to truly reflect on them, I can always remember a time before that point where I was unsure of myself, where I didn’t think things could get better. But they always did. Although none of this makes those difficult times any easier, nor does it make them happen less often, it is something I try to keep in mind and think about anytime I find myself in a time of darkness.
BIO: My wife and I (Megan) were married at St. Stephen's in October of 2014. We felt a sincere connection with the community and with Rev. Brandon, so we began coming to service shortly thereafter. Since then, we have been looking for more ways to become involved and establish ourselves in the community.