I love this time of year, when decorations are put up and some houses have lights on the outside as well as inside, bringing light into the darkness of the night.
Advent is a time of expectation and excitement as Christmas approaches. It is also a busy time and for others a sad and lonely time. Then there is the New Year which looms on the horizon, with all the opportunities and challenges it will bring.
Light is such a powerful symbol, shining bright into the darkness. That is why Christmas lights are so good to see. They can be seen from far of and as you get closer to them; they look so bright and decorative.
In the opening few verses of John’s Gospel the presence of God is described in this wonderful way; ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. 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.’
The light of God shines through Jesus the ‘Light of the World’. This light shines into the darkness of our World and the darkness of the World will never overcome it. This is God’s promise to us, for as Christians we are people of the light and the source of that light comes from God. It is our guiding light, shining bright into the darkness, full of love, hope and comfort. An eternal light which will guide us home to Jesus.
May God’s blessings be upon us all this Christmas and into the New Year.
Yours in Christ
Rev Ruth Jackson