As it gets closer to December 25th I am steeping myself in the holiday traditions I have built over the years. Christmas movies, baking favorite treats that have been passed down over the generations, listening to classic Christmas music, it’s been delightful. The sights, smells, and sounds have filled my soul in places I didn’t know were empty.
Some of the posts on my social media are filled with pictures of decorations, families gathered together, celebrating traditions of their own. Other posts are full of sadness and despair, regret and sorrow. Many do not see this time of year as joyous, but instead something to endure and count the days until it’s over.
When Jesus was being expected to fulfill the prophecies from the Old Testament, one of the descriptions of Him was that He was the Light. Isaiah is full of verses about the Light of God, (see Isaiah 42:6, 42:16, 51:4, 58:8, 60:19-20). God’s holiness comes in light a searchlight, seeking the lost and the broken, calling them to safety, to restoration, calling them home.
The first thing God created was light (Genesis 1:3). Why? It is the image of His holiness. His purity and goodness, through God all things are seen. We can recognize what must be avoided, what must be approached, what must be embraced. It is the Light of the World we turn to now who will show us the way to walk.
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest, (Isaiah 9:1-3a).
My prayer, Dear Ones, for all of us is that our hearts would embrace the Light of the World, not just during this season, but all year long. We are to be the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).
May we shine brightly for all the world to see.