Bishop Stubkjær urges Christians to bring light and hope into the darkest places of the world today
(LWI) - From darkness to light, from despair to hope. The coming of Christ at Christmas is an invitation into the gospel adventure, a call to action to bring light and hope into the darkest places of our world today. In his first Christmas message as President of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Bishop Henrik Stubkjær reflects on the words of John’s gospel: ‘The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overtake it.’
He notes that in his own country, Denmark, the darkness of this winter season prevails for a large part of the day and night. “This physical darkness,” he says, “underpins the darkness we encounter every single day via news media, sharing accounts of evil and human suffering inflicted on ordinary people [….] in countries like in Ukraine, Palestine/Israel, Sudan, Venezuela and Myanmar, to name a few examples.”
We need the new beginning which Advent promises.
LWF President Bishop Henrik Stubkjær
Human evil continues to spread in our world, he reflects, therefore “We need God’s intervention, we need the new beginning which Advent promises.” The Christmas Gospel, he continues, “is a call to open our eyes to see God in unexpected places.” It is “a call to action, that with God’s declaration of love we can go into the world as agents of hope and action.”
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