“Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.” ~ John 1:4-5
“I love Christmas lights! They are my favorite part of Christmas.”
I was surprised by my friend’s question, although I shouldn’t have been. She always asks the questions no one else thinks to ask – and those are the questions most worth answering. I didn’t have an answer for her right away, but I sensed the answer would come eventually, and soon at that.
It hit me that evening as I was preparing for bed. I texted her immediately, and have been mulling it over ever since.
I love the lights because, in truth, they are rather small and insignificant in the world. But they don’t know that. They shine ever so brightly because that is what they were meant to do; it is what they were created for. Be they a lonely candle that can easily be snuffed out, or a myriad of technicolor lights whose glow can be seen for three blocks, they all shine brightly into the darkness.
The light dispels the loneliness and the fear. It gives warmth and solace. Most importantly, the light offers hope that maybe, just maybe, we will get through the Darkness.
And we all know how dark the Darkness is, not only in the world around us but within our own hearts as well.
Light of Christmas
The Darkness is the reason for Christmas. It is the reason for Christ’s birth. He – the light of men – came into the world to be that lonely candle glowing in the darkness. And like a small candle, he was snuffed out on Calvary.
But God raised him up after three days, conquering the Darkness.
With Jesus’ perfect life and pure sacrifice, the Light overcame the Darkness. The Light dispels the loneliness and the fear from our battered hearts. It gives the warmth of love and solace to our broken hearts. Most importantly, the Light offers hope that we will get through this Darkness, and that we will be victorious.
Your Challenge this Christmas
My prayer for you this Christmas season is that despite the Darkness, you will seek the Light. Despite the sorrow and despair that may surround you, draw close to the Light.
And may every single twinkling light of Christmas remind you of Christ’s love for you…