Monday, December 24, 2012
Love's Pure Light
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12
I have a confession.
I have been more than a little 'bah humbug' this year. I don't really know why. We are settled in our new house this year. Grandkids have come and gone and are still coming and going. It's been a beautiful, tropical Florida Christmas season. We did a great program at our church. And, yet, I'm just not feelin' it...
Tonight was our annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at church. It is undeniably one of my favorite services every year and is always packed. Tonight was no different.
During the weeks leading up to the holiday, our pastor has been preaching a series of sermons called "The Light of Christmas" from the first chapter of John. Our Christmas musical was also themed around the light. And tonight, I saw the light.
Because I was singing with our Praise Team on the platform, I had a bird's eye view of the entire sanctuary. The lights were dimmed at the end and our pastors came forward with lit candles while we began to sing "Silent Night". They each lit a few candles and then those few lit a few candles. From where I was standing, I could see where the light was and see where the patches of darkness remained. As the flame was handed off from person to person, the darkness diminished and the light grew. There was a lump growing in my throat, too. At one point I just stopped and watched....overcome by the beauty of it.
As the light in the sanctuary overtook the darkness, it occurred to me that before me was a picture of how God intended His light to be spread to all the world. One person at a time, handing off the flame, again and again until every little pocket of darkness is dispelled.
I am not a young woman. I have been to many candlelight services. I have sung "Silent Night" hundreds of times. Tonight was one of those nights when I just saw it all with fresh eyes. Especially when we got to the last verse:
Silent Night, Holy Night
Son of God, Love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.
This season is the celebration of the dawn of God's plan for redeeming man found in the pure light of His Son. There is much darkness in this world, it is up to us to spread the Light.
May you be blessed with the radiant beams of God's pure light and love this Christmas and may you know the redeeming grace that began that night! Merry Christmas!