At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the miracle of the coming of God in human form. Jesus declared, “I am the light of the world” (John 8.12).
The world in which we live can be a dark place. It doesn’t matter who you are, you face darkness in some way. It may be your place of work. It may be a health difficulty in your life or in someone you love. It may be a broken relationship, even separation by death and you face your first Christmas without this loved one. There may be darkness in recesses of your own life, left behind by someone who did you wrong, abused you, used you. Perhaps the uncertainty of the future puts you in a dark place. For me, even in the the bright hope of becoming a parent as we are in the process of adopting Ethan, a shadow is cast by his absence this Christmas.
But Jesus is our light. The light which guides us along the path of life. The light that chases away the darkness of fear and the unexpected. The light that brings hope to the hopeless and allows us to see beyond our present circumstances. He is the light that heals and that fills the void.
If you need some light in your life … if you need some hope … light a candle, any candle and pray these simple words …
Christ be my light. Bring light to my darkness. Bring me the hope that I long for.