Wed., Dec. 26, 2018
John 1:9 – The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
From Christmas Eve night to Christmas Day, doesn’t it seem like the world stops? Seemingly, all divisions seem to stop for maybe, 36 hours. Less chaos. Less drama. Less confusion.
I know all Christmas celebrations aren’t grand and perfect. Things happen. There is disappointment and let downs.
But for a short period of time, doesn’t it seem more peace? More getting along? More love?
Why can’t we seemingly stretch this quiet and peace from 36 hours to a bit longer period of time?
Why can’t we hang onto the feeling at the end of Christmas Eve worship and stretch it out a bit?
It seems to happen at every Christmas Eve worship service I’ve been a part of. We sing Silent Night. Everyone has lighted candles. Maybe a bit of wax drips on our clothing. Or a candle gets a little too close to the woman’s hair in the pew in front of the young child.
But when the song ends and maybe a few words are shared, no one wants to leave. We all stay glued to our pews or chairs. We want this moment to just hold on …
It happened on Christmas Eve again this year. Jared and I played our guitars during Silent Night, just like the song was sung for the first time, 200 years ago. His daughter, Ella, helped lead the singing. We finished. A few words encouraged people to take the light into the world. Go in peace.
No one moved.
It was beautiful. It was precious. It was special.
Look at this candle from Christmas Eve one more time.
It’s a symbol that God came into the world … as a baby. As a human being. Because God loves us.
Now, we are to take God’s light, which represents God’s love for us, back into the world.
Before you rush back into the normal, regular, every-day-life events, please hold onto the candle. Hold onto the light. Sit with it for just a bit longer. Remember why we sing Silent Night. Why we light candles. Why we celebrate Christmas Eve.
Christmas is just but one day. However, we can live as children of the light every day. Let’s do so. Together. Let’s be the light together.
For God’s light in this world, I am grateful.
Holy God – thank you for coming into this world. I pray we find love and peace in your light. May we stretch ourselves and be the light of You in this world today. Amen.
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