When it comes to colours of the seasons, I am torn between blue and purple for the season of Advent. I like purple because it is the colour of royalty, and we are in a season of waiting and preparing for the return of our king in the form of Jesus Christ.
On the other hand, blue symbolises that deepest part of the night, that time before sunrise when it is darkest. When this psalm came up, blue won out for today because it captures for me that sense of light scattering the darkness no matter how deep.
In this season we turn once again to God that our sorrows might be turned to joys, our tears to laughter, and our brokenness to wholeness. We are especially prone to cry out to God in supplication when this season, which brings such Joy to so many, brings us sadness or loneliness.
Let us pray to the one who reminds us that no darkness is so deep that light cannot overcome it.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.
God of Light and Love, remind us in this season of darker nights and colder days that the dawn of your kingdom is coming. Guide us through our moments of despair and open us to your divine light that lives in us. Help us to kindle the flames of hope for what might yet be, to smile for what tomorrow may bring rather than frown because of what happened yesterday. Warm our hearts as the days get colder and open our eyes as the nights get longer, to truly see you as wait for us in the days to come. In the name of Christ, the one for whom we wait, we pray. AMEN