When Darkness Enters . . . We Are The Light
Optional Scripture: Isaiah 60:19 (theme selected text)
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Mathew 14a, 16a
Light is such a big part of the advent season. From Christmas lights, advent candles, to the star over Bethlehem, we are surrounded by light during this season. In the book of Matthew we see that we are the light of the world and are called to let our light shine before others. During this season this verse takes on a new meaning for me. As I ride around and see the many Christmas lights and as I look at the lights that cover every Christmas tree, I can’t help but to think of how beautiful these illuminations are. I find great symbolism in these lights. Like the lights on a tree, we are called to wrap our communities with the light that shines from within each of us. And as beautiful as Christmas is, nothing could be more beautiful than the love of Christ shinning in the darkest parts of our world. As the advent season fades and the Christmas lights slowly are taken down in the community let us focus on and remember that light is still needed in the world. The love of Christ must continue to shine through the darkness of poverty, injustice, and oppression that is prevalent in our world. As darkness enters the lives of our family and friends let us remember that we are the light of the world and we need to find ways to bring the hope of Christ. As darkness creeps into our communities, let us string together our light to bring joy and peace to God’s creation.