25 Days of Advent - Light

Light by Jane Stinespring

I woke up early this morning and as I watched the darkness fade and the day begin, I knew that for me one of the most important things of the Christmas season is Light.

Light. When I think of Christmas, I think of light. Christmas is celebrated just a few days after the official beginning of winter. A time when the land is dormant, days are often dreary and short and nights are long, cold and dark. As we decorate our homes for Christmas, we fill our trees with lots of lights, adding our favorite ornaments from Christmases past and placing a bright, shiny star on the top of the tree. We place candles throughout the house and in windows. We add bright colored lights outside to welcome and guide our family and friends—just as the star of Bethlehem led the wise men to worship and celebrate the birth of Jesus—The King of Kings.

Matthew 2:1-2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star and have come to worship Him.”

Like the wise men , this year we too have an opportunity to see a sight that only occurs every 800 years. Shortly after sunset on December 21st, we will be able to see the alignment of Jupiter and Saturn, which will generate a condition similar to the Bethlehem star.

While this year has changed many ways that we traditionally celebrate Jesus’ birth, we are still called to share his light with others. I challenge you to join me in sharing my light with others, not just at Christmas, but everyday in all that I do.

John 8:12 — Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Father God, I pray that you lead me down the path of life following your light and sharing it freely with others. Amen.

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