Expectant Light: An Advent Devotional

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Expectant Light advent devotional

The season of Advent has long been a time of reflection upon the birth of Christ and a preparation for the season of Epiphany in Christian tradition. We often forget though, the early church’s celebration of Advent was not a reflection on the birth of Christ, but as an expectant gaze towards His return.

“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 This season of Advent is a season of expectancy, waiting for the Light to come. Waiting for the Light to finally conquer the darkness forever. Waiting with our lights held high in this dark world. But our waiting is not hopeless. It is an expectant waiting, a waiting that knows how the story ends.

In the Christmas narrative, Simeon was waiting for the Messiah. He waited expectantly, clinging to a promise from the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he saw the Lord’s Christ (Luke 2:25-35). Imagine his joy at seeing Jesus, knowing that the Light had finally come.

We wait, as the virgins with lamp stands, expectant for our Bridegroom to come. Prepared, for His return (Matthew 25:1-13).

And as we wait, we shine bright the Light that has already come into the world. The Light of all mankind. This Light was not selective in where it shone. It did not shield itself from certain types of darkness. This Light is , “The Word [that] became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood” John 1:14. The neighborhood that feels dark. That you avoid driving through at night. That’s the neighborhood this Light moved into and made His home. 

December has always felt dark to me. It is the darkest month of the year with the shortest daylight hours. And it is easy in this season to feel that the darkness has won. As you go through Advent this year remember the Light that has already come. Keep your lamp burning bright and do not fear the darkness.


If you need a reminder of the power of the Light, sit in a dark room and let yourself observe the darkness. Then light a candle and meditate upon how the darkness flees. It cannot overcome the Light.

For more reflection on the advent season journey through an advent devotional. The free ebook devotional below can be started now and done at your own pace, or can be started on December 14th to finish on Christmas.