During the season of Advent, we spend a lot of time talking about the light shining in the darkness. Sometimes though, I wonder if our students really grasp what the gospel writers are trying to convey. Even though the light shines, the darkness doesn't disappear. Even when our lives are going great, there can still be moments of heartbreak and despair. So here's another Advent activity for you and your youth:
- Take your youth to the darkest corner of the church you can find
- Immerse your group in total darkness
- Sit in silence for five minutes
- Share the first five lines of the gospel of John (maybe even have this memorized)
- Light a single candle
- Say again, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it."
- Spend some time debriefing. Focus on what it means to have light shining in the darkness.
- Ask what this means for the lives of your youth.