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In the midst of darkness we wait for you, O God.

You alone are our light and our hope.

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“In those days, after the suffering of that time, the sun will become dark, and the moon won’t give its light. The stars will fall from the sky, and the planets and other heavenly bodies will be shaken. Then they will see the Human One coming in the clouds with great power and splendor. Then he will send the angels and gather together his chosen people from the four corners of the earth, from the end of the earth to the end of heaven.”

Mark 13:24-27

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Imagine waking up one day and the sun never comes out. You think, “Maybe there will be light in the sky as the day goes on.” You wait a whole day and into the night. You look up and search the sky and say to yourself, “Maybe there will be moon and star light.” But as the day goes on neither the sun nor the moon nor the stars has produced any light. You realize that you are in complete darkness and don’t know where to turn.

We are made for the light. Our bodies need Vitamin D and our skin absorbs the sun’s rays so that we can be healthy. But as much as we physically need the sunlight, we need God’s light in our lives even more.

We have been waiting to see God’s face shine, and today we see that it shines in God’s Son, Jesus. As we turn towards Jesus, he teaches us how to turn towards the light of God. Our hope is found in Jesus.

Erendira Jimenez

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O God of Hope, I want your light in my life. Sometimes there is so much darkness I don’t know where to turn. Help me to turn towards Jesus today so that I can see your face. Amen.

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Go

May God’s face shine upon you.

May God’s hope bring you wholeness.

And may you walk this day towards the light of a small star.

Erendira Jimenez

Erendira Jimenez is currently in seminary to, God-willing, become an Episcopal priest one day. She is interested in justice, spirituality, and liberation theology, and her Mexican-American and Latina identity are very central to her work. She likes to rock climb, weave, and hang out with her rabbit, Bunny.

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