A Winter Reflection
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”
~~John 8:12 (NIV)
Despite what persons say about the snow, it is a beautiful sight to me. My office is decorated for the Advent season and conversations are focused on the upcoming holidays. However, Christmastime is also a time of longing of days gone by and the realities that times have changed.
When Jesus came upon the earth, He met people who were hoping for a new start, who were desperate for miracles, and were walking a difficult road. It is there, in those places, that they met Jesus.
The same is true for us today. Times in the desert are mixed with times on the mountaintop. In these places, we see the hand of God among us lifting and holding us close.
At Christmas and at all times, Christ is with us, calling our name and identifying himself to us. He walks by our side, on the straight and narrow, and He walks outside of the margins of life – capturing hearts like yours and mine.
When the snow falls and you see the luminaries lit at church on Christmas eve, it is a reminder that the light of Christ has not gone out. It will be a silent night-holy night, and Jesus is here in the midst of the twinkling lights and the snowflakes.
As you hold up your lit candle at the Christmas Eve worship service, remember how the light of Christ was sent into the world for you.
May your Advent Season be filled with holiday spirit as you also take time to pause and give thanks for THE ONE who came into the world to love you and to save you!