When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
To many, Christmas is about decorating, shopping, visiting Santa and baking cookies. It is at our house it can be too. However, I hope that we also find a way to make sure that Christ is present in all of these things. Christmas lights are just one way to bring Christmas back to Christ. When we are out during the advent season we often count how many houses we see on our trip that are all lit up. We admire the work put into hanging those lights and decorations for the passersby to enjoy. But as we look at these lights I hope that my kids will someday also associate these with the light of Christ and how he calls us to follow him and walk in his light. I hope that they come to know that Christ’s light is a comfort in the dark, a brightness to admire above all things, a light that is a way to extinguish the darkness that may leave us confused and unsure of the path we should take. Christ’s light is an everlasting light, it doesn’t just come around the holiday season. I encourage us all to search for and to find Christ in all of Christmas’ beautiful celebrations this year and years ahead. The celebrations that take place during Christmas don’t need to take us away from Christ and the true meaning of Christmas. Instead they should be a way to demonstrate the importance of Christ in all of our lives and a way to seek him always. Follow Christ’s light and make sure to let your own light shine in the darkness that we all face at times. As a Christian I am honored to follow Christ’s light and I pray that his light shines through me, a hundred times brighter than any Christmas light display we may see! May Christ’s light be your guide this holiday season and always!
Dear Lord, please continue to light our paths and lead us in the right direction. This Christmas, and all year, may we continue to seek out and follow your light. For your light will guide us and comfort us in the times of great darkness. Thank you Jesus Christ, the light of our lives. Amen