Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The longest night and Christmas lights

I don't know all that transpired so that we celebrate Christmas in December, but it does strike me how highly appropriate it is that, at this time of the year when there is more darkness than light, this is when we celebrate the coming of The Light of the World...

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. ...

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: ...

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. - (John 1:1-9, 12, 14 NKJV)

One of the beauties of the Christmas season is driving through the neighborhood and seeing all the lights. Some homes have only their lite tree in the window while others are so bright they make the electric company very happy!

But from single tree to a million twinkling lights any light helps in the darkness. We are like Christmas lights in our world - little reflectors of the presence of the Light of the World in our lives. We bear witness to the Light just as John did, everywhere we go. While a body of believers maybe able to shine as brightly as the best decorated house on the block; a single strand of lights still pushes back the darkness. A simple strand here and a lite tree there; together they light up the neighborhood.

Your witness, however small, bears witness to the Light. Your faithfulness to God combined with the words or another and the actions of a third may join together to light a path bright enough for one to find their way to the Christ child this season. It's a tough time of year. Stress is high all around. Streets and stores are crowded. People are busy, some frantic to get it all done before the "big day".  Let the testimony of your life as you move through today be as a light to hearts that desperately need it.


chrisd said...

Americans are bombarded with advertisements that say "you owe it to yourself" and "doesn't your family deserve the best?"

We weren't worth it but God in Heaven loved us enough to send us His Son. And Jesus loved us enough to come to us and do what His Father sent Him to do.

We were not worth it but we were loved enough to be worth it.

Lisa said...

I love this - "but it does strike me how highly appropriate it is that, at this time of the year when there is more darkness than light, this is when we celebrate the coming of The Light of the World..." We are to shine that Light to this dark world - this Christmas season and everyday. Thank you God, for sending Your Son to be our Light!