The anticipation has built just about as high as it possibly can. The expectations are through the roof at this point. The excitement, the hope, the eager longing…
No, I’m not talking about “Star Wars: Rogue One” coming out (although that is right up there near the top of the list).
I’m talking about CHRISTMAS!!! The birth of Jesus, the angels and the shepherds, the shining lights in the sky. And underneath all of that, the love of God sent in human form so that the entire world might know peace, forgiveness, salvation.
Christmas begins on the 25th, and continues for twelve days of celebration of Jesus’s birth. I love how, as the Christmas season begins, the days start lengthening.
It is as if with the birth of Christ, the darkness immediately starts to retreat and the Light of the World shines, illuminating the pain and prejudice, the injustice and oppression, all the loneliness and fear in human hearts - all infiltrated by divine light.
I encourage you to enter the season of Christmas as a reflection of God’s light. Let your words and actions infiltrate the darkness of this world with the light of Christ. Do not allow injustice to go unchallenged. Do not allow hatred to rule the hour. Do not allow pride and prejudice to govern the hearts and minds of people around you.
Be a light! Even a solitary flickering candle illuminates a dark room. Jesus says, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” May we infiltrate the darkness of this world, shining the living light of Christ this holy season!