This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. – I John 1:5
The week of Thanksgiving, my kids and I decorated our home for Christmas. As I surveyed the results of several days’ work, I noticed that I seem to have an affinity (a tiny obsession?) for lights of all sorts – fairy lights, twinkle lights, and candles.
I’m the type who adds extra strands of lights to a pre-lit Christmas tree.
This year, I’ve also used many battery-operated fairy lights, strands of tiny LED lights on copper wire. I’ve wound them through faux wreaths and garlands, as well as the real greenery I cut from the evergreen trees on our property to drape on shelves.
And on my dining table, side tables, and among my beautiful nativity figures are white votive candles and tea lights, the tiny candles that burn for just a few hours. (I bought 100 of these last month and told my husband I hoped they would last through the season. He wasn’t sure whether I was joking or not.)
To me, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the glow of myriad lights, shining throughout my home during these dark, but deeply reverent, days of the year.
I like to think I’m compelled to decorate with so many lights not only for their holiday sparkle, but also because of the connection of light to God.
After all, the Christmas story began with the promise of a Light Giver to come.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. – Isaiah 9:2
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. – Luke 1:79
Then, there was the glorious light of the angels who brought the news of the infant Savior to the shepherds in Bethlehem.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. – Luke 2:9, 10
Starlight led the wise men on their trek to see the Child King.
…lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. – Matthew 2:9b-10
And Jesus himself was the light of the world.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. – John 1:4,5
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. – John 8:12
Christ calls us to follow his example and be lights in this world. During this season, when hearts are more receptive to the gospel message, we need to seek every opportunity to witness, invite friends and co-workers to church, and spread the love of Jesus through kind words and generous deeds.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 5:14,16
May we not only enjoy the lights of Christmas – may we be lights of Christmas.
How do you spread the light of Christ, particularly during the Christmas season? I’d love to hear from you.