Jingle: An Advent Devotional – Thursday, December 8, 2022

Writer: Nancy Wilson

Ministry: Healing Prayer

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
    and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
    as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
    when dividing the plunder.

Isaiah 9:2-3

As we approach the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, we notice the decreasing daylight hours.  Which in turn means that the darkness increases.  Each year since my Mom’s passing, I do my best to work through the angst and depression that comes with this time of year.  You see, my Mom’s birthday is December 20.

It was as though I was walking in darkness.  But then it came to me; I can celebrate her birthday still. 

My Mom loved to bake!  And use sprinkles!  So, one year I gave out cupcakes (with lots of sprinkles!) to celebrate her birthday.  Another time it was frosted cookies with lots of sprinkles!  She also loved cardinals, so I gave away painted cardinal Christmas ornaments with a Bible verse.  Another year I gathered friends for a toast with her favorite Peach beverage.  I celebrated her birthday with reflections on her.  In order for there to be reflections, there has to be light.  Even though I was still walking in physical darkness, my outlook, footsteps, and presence were celebratory.  My joy increased!  I thank God that He has shown me a way through the dark grief of her passing.  He can bring you through the darkness you experience, too.

Daily Prayer:

Lord, we come before you to thank you for your presence in our lives.  As we praise and give thanks, we know that darkness will come.  Help us to discover a way forward into the light.  Show us the path and make it well-lit.  We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

Think of a time when you were walking in darkness.

What helped you to see the light?

Is there anything you can do to reflect His light?

4 responses to “Jingle: An Advent Devotional – Thursday, December 8, 2022”

  1. Thank you Nancy for this devotion. I lost my mom in 2003. I understand what you are going through and have gone through. It was a wonderful devotion and a sweet way of honoring and remembering your mother. Thank you for sharing.


  2. What a beautiful way to celebrate your mother! I have lost both my parents in the last 3 years. Sometimes, I too am surrounded by grief. You have shown a way for me to be a beacon of God’s Light to others! Thank you for your inspiration. After all, it isn’t always about us!


  3. I love how you celebrate your mother… This warmed my heart and helped me remember my mother and her love for people. Thank you for sharing!


  4. What a beautiful way to remember your mom and the gifts she brought to your life and others. I lost my loving mother over 20 years ago and no one in my life can give me what she did. Remembering and celebrating our mothers keeps their gifts to us alive and is how they would want to be remembered. Those memories can lift us from our darkness and make us smile. Thanks for sharing.


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