Words from the Pastor – December 2016
“What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:4-5
One of my favorite moments of the season of Advent is the setting up of our Christmas tree at home. When the tree is up, the lights are on, and all the other lights in the house are turned off, the beauty of it all is almost overwhelming. Those little lights are powerful when all other lights are turned off and we focus on the tree.
Advent is the season of preparation for welcoming the Christ child into our midst at Christmas. This amazing event happened two thousand years ago but the meaning and power of it keeps on giving us hope. This year, more than ever, we need to focus on the life giving message of Christ who continues to dwell among us. Christ is described in scripture as “the light of all people.” He described himself as “the light of the world.”
In a world of many voices, some of them striking angry, hateful, and selfish tones, we must keep our focus and our purposed allied with Jesus. For in Christ is the power of hope, peace, joy, and love. The light of Christ never goes out. It is always seeking to transform and to bring justice and other-centered love to the world. But, to be most effective in our place and time, we must allow it to shine through us. How will you be a channel for the light of Christ this Christmas?