The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.
Today we bade farewell
and celebrated the life
of one of God's saints.
A child of God.
Even in the darkness of grief
or maybe even especially in that darkness
the light was visible.
The light that came into the world
in the form of a baby.
We celebrated the hope, love joy and peace of Advent
all rolled up in a life of faith
that pointed others to the light
that cannot be extinguished.
We gave thanks not just for the light
but for one in whom light shone
one who claimed her power
as a child of God.
And the darkness was pierced
with the light of love
that lasts forever.
Thanks be to God.