One of my favorite aspects of Christmas is Christmas lights
In December 1990, which was BC (before cell phones), a snow storm dumped 12 inches of snow on Seattle in 24 hours. It took me six hours to drive five miles during the storm. People abandoned their cars on the side of the road and walked.
At the time, our house was half a block off a major street. The Christmas lights on our house had been turned on. The lights stood out in the midst of the darkness and reflected on the snow. As a result, several stranded travelers stopped and asked if they could use the phone to call for help.
When you are stranded and alone in the dark, lights can attract and guide you to safety. They can be warm and inviting, letting people know that they are welcome and safe inside.
In December 1992, our children were 2, 4, and 6 years old. One evening, we experienced a power outage due to a wind storm. Needless to say, the children were scared. After the lights came back on, the kids were afraid it would happen again.
We gave each of our kids a flashlight to keep near their beds. It helped them feel safe and secure. The flashlight would chase the darkness away. It would also lead them to someone would could take care of them—Mom & Dad.
When you afraid in the darkness, you need someone to lead you to the light so that you can once again feel secure.
Perhaps you feel like you are in the dark this year at Christmastime. Maybe rumors of layoffs at your company leave your job security shaky. Perhaps you are waiting for tests that will reveal you or a loved one is not as healthy as you’d like. Possibly you and your spouse have drifted apart and cracks are appearing in your marriage. Maybe you are facing the prospect of retirement but your finances leave you wondering how you afford to quit working.
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could shed a little light on the problems of life so that our darkness would be chased away?
The Scriptures tell us that God sent Jesus to light our way in the darkness.
Isaiah 9:2 – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
John 8:12 – Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
The baby born in Bethlehem attracts our attention. One person spoke truth when he said, “We are drawn to the baby in the manger as a moth is drawn to a candle.”
Jesus guides our path to safety and security. He lights or illumines the things that are hard to understand—in the dark about life, questions, problems, relationships. He is ready to welcome us into his presence.
This Christmas, come to the light. You may be attracted by the lights and the decorations. Come close and investigate the meaning and the reason for the season. Look closely at the child in the manger.
If you feel like you are in the dark, confused or questioning, come to the light. The one who claimed to be the light of the world will provide answers, security, and peace. This Christmas, come to the light.