Advent and Lent make peculiar seasons. But, we are a peculiar people. One candle is lit for each of the four weeks of Advent, building a glorious crescendo to Christmas Day. "Arise, shine, for your light has come..."
Lent can begin with seven lit candles for the upcoming seven weeks. As each week passes, one less candle is lit. Total darkness comes on Good Friday, with the brightest light on Easter morn. How rarely I let myself ponder darkness, not to mention be enveloped.
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." Genesis 1:1-2"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:55"To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’" Acts 26:18"The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light." Romans 13:12"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." I Peter 2:9