From Darkness to Light
We marvel at the sights and sounds of Christmas in the Sanctuary, the blue paraments and décor of Advent displayed, the altar candles and Christmas tree lights aglow, with red and white Poinsettias lining the steps of the altar.
We listen with anticipation to hear the Scripture story of Jesus' birth again, the same story that has been recounted over the past 2,000 years. Then, beloved Christmas carols stir our hearts and minds as we prepare our hearts in celebration.
There is one hymn left to sing before the service comes to a close. Whispers cease as each worshiper’s candle is lit, lights are dimmed, and together we sing the captivating melody of Silent Night accompanied by guitar. Within the sea of candles, faces glow as the light takes over the darkness.
If there was ever a moment that brought peace to our hearts, this was one of those times.
Light. It fascinates us, draws us in, mesmerizes us, whether we are immersed in a sea of candlelight in worship or basking in the glow of Christmas décor in our homes.
The Shepherds, too, must have been drawn in and mesmerized by the light of the Bethlehem star that guided them to the birthplace of Jesus.
Light. It gives us a feeling of warmth, hope, and joy, and we yearn to be in its presence. But the true source of all light is God Himself. He is the Light. The Bible is filled with Scripture that reveals this. A few of those verses are listed below:
"This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all." – John 1:5
"And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light." – Genesis 1:3
"Your Word is a lamp for my feet a light on my path." – Psalm 119:105
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." - John 1:5
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." – 1 John 1:7
Christmas may be different in our churches and our homes this year due to Covid; however, one thing will not change, and that is God’s love for us.
In this Christmas season, may you draw close and reside in the all-encompassing light of God's love for you, and be reminded that He is the Light that shines through all darkness.
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