Day 7

December 9

Revelation 1:7-8

7 Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. So it is to be. Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Watching for the Light

by Charles Ramsey, Ph.D.

In Advent we watch for the light. On dark and cold mornings, I watch for the dawn. I count the days until we celebrate together God’s gift to the world in Jesus. I think of the manger, and the looming dangers surrounding his birth; I think of the wonder and joy experienced as the universe reverberated in angel song.

Looking east in winter I sometimes wonder whether the sun will rise, and whether it will bring any warmth at all. Waiting, watching, I hear the words recorded in Revelation 1:7-8, “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and I draw faith in the faithfulness of God.

I hear therein echoes of ancient prophecies concerning one who would be pierced, but that – alas! – would arise, and at his coming all will see, and all will mourn.

Mourning is not a word often associated with Christmas but – statistically speaking – it should be. This is a difficult season for many, and we are all in this together. At watch for the day, I stand vigil with generations, at times weeping at times smiling, and we advent together in the presence of the “One who is, and who was, and who is to come,” held by the ground, and graced by the rising sun.  

About the Author

Charles Ramsey, Ph.D.

Charles Ramsey, Ph.D.

Charles M. Ramsey, Ph.D., serves the Baylor community as Director for Campus Ministries and Church Connections and as Associate Chaplain. He previously served as the director of Baptist Student Ministries at Baylor. In his roles, Ramsey seeks to nurture the spiritual and missional life in the 32 and counting campus ministries and in the broad range of churches represented in the Baylor community. 

Ramsey graduated from Baylor in 1997 as a University Scholar (Phi Beta Kappa) and received his MA from the Department of Religion in 2000, and PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2015. Prior to joining Baylor, he was an assistant professor of Religion and Public Policy at Forman Christian College (Lahore, Pakistan) with dual appointments in the Department of Religion and the Center for Public Policy and Governance (Peace Studies).