To those readers who are not part of the mid-Atlantic or the northeast, suffice it to say that temperatures have dropped outside… significantly, from just a few days ago. And as we approach the winter solstice, those cozy evenings spent indoors come earlier every day as we say good-bye to autumn and prepare to officially welcome winter.
The days are shorter, and growing shorter by the day, but before we know it, they’ll soon start to lengthen again, even if it’s at a rate of only a minute or two more sunshine every day. As cozy as winter can be, we love the energy, rejuvenation, and freedom of spring, when we see better and our hopes are revitalized again… life just appears more optimistic in the light.
However, as Christians, we get to celebrate a different kind of light as we await the coming of spring. Thanksgiving leads to Christmas… the season of lights… light because the holiday is about Jesus, the Light of the world. In a dark world, His love lights our hearts, lightens our burdens, and illuminates our way back to God. Through His life, we see more clearly the destructive effects of our sin and our need for His commandment to love as He loved.
Jesus shows us how to live in His light by loving one another… “Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, to love one another, and you also are living it… If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness” 1 John 2:8-9. When He lights our souls, we experience His eternal spring with love that shines day and night.
As we enter this holiday season, choose to escape the world’s darkness and view life from within Jesus’ light. By doing so, we’ll be amazed at the clarity that takes shape from eyes that see others as He does. So while it might be dark outside, the day is dawning in hearts that glow with the light of His love.
Thank you, Jesus, for continuing to light our lives in the midst of growing darkness. Please fill us to overflowing with the light of Your love for others. Amen!