In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it John 1:4-5
As Christmas approaches in the harshness of winter (here in the Northern Hemisphere), we become obsessed with the little light that is available this time of year. The light of the Christmas Star is seen as a beacon of hope in a dreary time. Artificial lights abound this time of year on homes, trees, buildings, etc. We take heart from seeing the beauty of lights this time of year. We yearn for light.
I was struck the other night as I was walking into my dark living room from my bedroom, which had a sliver of light shining through the slightly ajar door. I had some trouble seeing my way through the living room since I was walking away from the light source.
However, my return trip to the bedroom was nicely illuminated because I was walking toward the light. The metaphor struck me at once. As we move toward the light, our path is illuminated. As we walk away from the light source, our vision is altered- dimmed and dangerous.
So, dear reader, I pray that as we approach another Christmas under the shadow of COVID-19, you may walk in the light that God sent forth for us in his son’s birth.
Prayer: Lord, light dispels darkness. Help us to clearly see the light this Christmas season, Amen.