Let there be light.

17 Dec

Some years more than others, Christmas feels like lighting a candle in a very dark room.

Humankind doesn’t seem to be doing a very good job at being humankind right now, does it? But that’s how our story goes.

When it gets dark, we start to lose our way. We can’t see where we’re going any more and we can’t see each other. We trip up. We get scared. We get lost.

I love taking part in a carol service, lit by tiny flames (or glowsticks) in the darkness. It reminds me of the reason we can hope and not despair: introduce the smallest light into a completely dark room, and it can never be completely dark again. It’s impossible for more darkness to extinguish that light. With a candle, you can find your way.

And that’s kind of the message of Christmas. It’s dark down here. We need a light. So here are some lines from John’s gospel. Merry Christmas.

The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

“I have come into the world as a light, so that no-one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”

In him was life, and that life was the light of mankind.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

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