We often think of Christmas as the time of lights. Strings of lights on trees and houses, lighted lawn figures, candles and stars on chimneys give a feel of great joy.

In the dark when I work my vision is only as good as my flashlight, only as wide as the beam of light, and only as far as the power of the light to shine. In daylight my vision extends much farther. But even then I cannot see the ends of the earth.

ChristmasTreeJesus came into the world as The Light, to ignite our souls to become little lights reflecting The Great Light. May we see The Light, let it shine in us, and then through us.

“People will say to you, ‘Ask for help from the mediums and the fortunetellers, who whisper and mutter.’ Shouldn’t people ask their God for help instead? Why should they ask the dead to help the living? They should go to the teachings and to the written instructions. If people don’t speak these words, it is because it doesn’t dawn on them. They will pass through the land when they are hard-pressed and hungry. When they are hungry, they will be furious. Then they will look up, cursing their king and God. They will look at the earth and see only distress and gloom. They will go in anguish and be forced into darkness. But there will be no more gloom

Our nativity in our side yard

Our nativity in our side yard

for the land that is in distress. God humbled the lands of Zebulun and Naphtali in earlier times. But in the future he will bring glory to the road by the sea, to the land across the Jordan River, to Galilee, where foreigners live. The people who walk in darkness will see a bright light. The light will shine on those who live in the land of death’s shadow” (Isaiah 8:19-22, 9:1-2 God’s Word).

“The real light, which shines on everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into existence through him. Yet, the world didn’t recognize him. He went to his own people, and his own people didn’t accept him. However, he gave the right to become God’s children to everyone who believed in him. These people didn’t become God’s children in a physical way—from a human impulse or from a husband’s desire {to have a child}. They were born from God. The Word became human and lived among us. We saw his glory. It was the glory that the Father shares with his only Son, a glory full of kindness and truth” (John 1:9-14 God’s Word).

Merry Christmas