As we draw near to Christ, the Light of the world, we are called to be bearers of His light for the transformation of the world.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ.
The candles on the Advent wreath burn brightly. Christmas is very near. The light shines in darkness and the darkness does not overcome it. Howard Thurman in his great wisdom wrote, “Darkness and light, those ideas are the ground of my religious experience. They give me strength and hope.”
These candles burning with courage and brilliance are signs of the way that light penetrates the darkness. As we approach the coming of Christ at Christmas, we remember that He indeed is the light of the world. Light is an image in scripture from Genesis to Revelation. “Let there be light,” God said and there was light. And in the Revelation, the new city of Jerusalem has no need of lamp, for there is light, always, always light. And Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world,” after healing the man who was blind. And in great generosity, great generosity, Jesus says to us, “You are the light of the world. Place your candle on a lamp stand where it gives light to all of the house, don’t put it under a bushel.”
So in this season of love and light, of the coming Christ, may we worship Christ in candlelight, and may we remember that out of the great generosity of God, we are called, we are called to bear our light out into the world. “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” This little light, this little light infused with God’s great light is a force for good. It’s a force for justice. It’s a force for peace. It’s a force for mercy. It can transform the world.
May you as disciples of Jesus Christ draw near to the light. May you who long for greater peace and joy in your life draw nearer to Christ through this light. May this Christmas be a time of new beginnings in every imaginable way.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come, Lord Jesus. You are the light of the world.