Advent 2016 Day 1

LIGHT (Day 1)

The world began in darkness. “Darkness (chaos) was over the face of the deep,” the Scriptures tell us. I always hear that statement with James Earl Jones’ voice speaking it. Deep darkness. Dark dark. But the Presence of the Lord, the Spirit of God, brooding over the face of earth’s chaos and darkness, brought light. Day 1, the Lord spoke it: “Let there be light. And there was light.”

Christmas is a time of light. The prophet Isaiah spoke an encouraging word to the people of Israel: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” (Isaiah 9:2) God always brings light. Light to our confusion… our chaos. Light when we have lost our way. Light when we don’t know where our hope will come from. Light has come.

This is why we untangle the endless strings of Christmas lights and climb up on our rooftops or wrap our landscaping; to celebrate light. Even when we’re not sure why we’re doing it… we do it. We instinctively know that light is important. To live without it is to live… in chaos and fear, uncertainty and despair.

“Life and light to all He brings, risen with healing in His wings…” the carol says. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” John, the longest-living apostle, wrote, “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”(1 John 1:5)

Light came at Christmas. Spiritual light. Soul light. Vibrant light. Truth-telling light. And when the light began to shine, the darkness fled and one day will be forever vanquished.

So untangle the lights. Brighten up the night sky and your neighborhood. Christmas is about light… so let it shine!

FOR MEDITATION:  I am the light of the world.     John 8:12

FOR REFLECTION: How can you share the light of Jesus with someone this season… a single Mom… a lonely senior… a stressed-out neighbor? Perhaps the greatest gift we have to give… is light.


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