The Life Light

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Read: John 1: 1 – 5 (from ‘The Message’ / ‘Word on the Street’)

The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word.
The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one.

Everything was created through him;
nothing — not one thing! — came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.

 

Consider this:

The nights have drawn in, it’s getting dark early, days are dull. The world around us seems that little bit darker, as the weather worsens, the temperature drops and, with it, our energy levels wane as we find ourselves wanting to curl up and hibernate for the winter.

Yet, in the midst of the darkness, lots of houses suddenly become brightly lit. Lamps illuminate gloomy rooms and fires warm cold feet. It is difficult to go anywhere without seeing twinkling, brightly coloured bulbs adorning buildings, trees, shops and lampposts, beacons of light in their streets, lanes and communities.  Lights shining brightly in the darkness.

As we reflect on the words at the beginning of John’s Gospel, we are reminded that, as light pours out from our homes into the surrounding streets, so light flows into our lives, illuminating the darkness, giving us the strength and energy we need to deal with the challenges which life throws at us. That light, which comes from God, is Jesus, whose birth we remember at this time of year.

Just like buildings however, there is no point in keeping the light locked way behind closed doors. The light of Christ can only be enjoyed at its best when it is shared, far and wide. We need to open the curtains and set the light free.

As we go around the shops and spend time with our friends over the coming weeks, we should remember to look at the lights. The light of God shines brightly, overcoming the darkness, bringing comfort and joy. Ask yourself how you can share the light which God shines on you as you seek to make this world a more peaceful, loving place.

 

Offer this prayer:

Lord Jesus,

We wait as patiently as we can for your arrival, eager for your light to enter the world. We seek an end to the gloom around us, a way forward from the dull shadows, a way out of the darkness.

As we wait for you, help us to remember that we were created to share your love with the world. Where people are hungry, we can provide food. Where people feel lonely, we can provide friendship. Where people need comfort, we can provide reassurance.

You, dear Christ, are our light. You illuminate the path before us and guide us where we need to go. Help us, always, to serve you as beacons of hope, using the gifts and talents we have been trusted with to make the world a better place.

We ask these things, this Advent, in your name,

AMEN.