캠퍼스(Yale) Jenny Groff 사역자(2021년 12월)
I always struggle a bit with how short the daylight hours are around this time of year. My weather app says that today's sunset will be 4:23pm! Each morning when I wake, it's still dark and the sun has yet to rise, yet there's a point where the sunlight finally breaks through the windows.
I'm reminded of the verse in Hosea, "As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth." (Hosea 6:3)
There's something assuring about that moment I see the sun's light. Something totally out of my control, yet there's never a doubt that the light will come. Ruth Haley Barton, one of my favorite authors on spiritual formation, says that waiting for the sunrise is a spiritual practice - one that forms our hearts to anticipate God coming for us.
In advent, we anticipate and celebrate the coming of Christ - the "light of the world" (John 8:12).
There have been moments this semester in our community, both in individual students' lives and as a whole, where we've had to acknowledge darkness - whether that's sin, pain, or suffering. Yet we can anticipate God coming to us - bringing light for our darkness - as surely as the sun rises.
As I reflect on this semester, I'm filled with deep gratitude for all the ways in which Jesus comes to us at Yale. From every new student we've seen say yes to following Christ, to every core group and 1:1 conversation, to how He has sustained us personally, to the very practical ways He has provided room and resources. As I look ahead, I anticipate all the ways He will continue to come to us.
And if you're up before the sunrise, perhaps you can join me in the practice of waiting for and watching the sun appear - just as we know Christ will.