THE THRILL OF HOPE, THE WEARY WORLD REJOICES
Wednesday, December 25, 2022
Read: John 1:1-14
The True Light
The one who created everything was created as a tiny baby. The one who was worshiped on mountains and at altars was not recognized. The one who created light became the light of the world. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. (verse 9)
All around us are lights, Christmas lights, lights downtown, lights on our homes, lights on the streets and they are so beautiful and we marvel at our neighbors’ creativity. The lights bring the joy of the Christmas season.
Light helps take away our fear. I don’t know about you, but this world scares me sometimes. Sometimes, I’m scared of illness, sometimes I’m afraid of war. Still, some of us are afraid of being alone in life with no one to love or be loved by.
But then I see how God has arranged the cosmos and set everything in motion - how the heavens declare the glory of God - and I’m less afraid. I have nothing to fear. Jesus said that whoever followed him would never live in darkness but would have the light that gives life.
Maybe the wise men were the first to recognize that when the light touches us it shows us how to live. The wise men didn’t know where the light would lead but, in faith, they followed that light (star) that led them to the birthplace of Jesus and they knelt down and worshiped him. As they reached out to touch the baby, God touched them. They gave gifts of appreciation and admiration and then went home by a different way.
It was the Sunday after Christmas, 2018, as I greeted our members on their way home; I stopped to ask a member how were her granddaughters. Somewhere in our conversation she shared with me that on her way back home with her granddaughters they were marveling at all the lights on homes. As they approached their home, her oldest grandchild noticed that their house was missing the lights and thought that her grandfather forgot to put up the lights.
Yes to a little girl Christmas lights were important because they give life. May we allow the light of Baby Jesus to shine in our hearts this Christmas, so that the world can see and come to worship our God.
Lord, give new hope to us this Christmas. We need your light in our world and our lives. So may your light of love truly shine out from everyone of us this Christmas. Amen
Rev. Dr. Yvonne Wallace-Penn