“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
On Christmas Eve we lit the Christ candle. We celebrated the light coming into the world in the person of Jesus, the baby born in Bethlehem. As we finish out this year the great joy we carry with us is the light Christ gives each of us.
We have been in a dark season. But, as promised, the darkness has not overcome the light. We have banded together whether in person or virtually and worked to help our neighbors.
As we begin a new year, let us renew our commitment to be the light. Though we will still be in a dark season, and there remains uncertainty as to when we will gather again in large groups, we can continue to bring the light.
We can feed the hungry.
We can help the homeless.
We can bring the light into this gloomy world by our encouraging one another.
Each of us is a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy world. And each one of us has the power to spread that light to others. It is in our commitment to “cloth ourselves in Christ” Romans 13:14a.
The world we walk in today is the forerunner of the world to come and we have been given the task of building the kingdom now. And that building begins with light.
On the first day of creation, God said, “Let there be light.” Genesis 1:3. And today we are called to be light, just as a new day dawning.
It is our commission to build through service and sacrifice. So, as we step into this New Year, let us recommit to being the light. Let our gifts shine and our joy be complete in Jesus Christ our Lord.
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