Season of Light

Light changes what it touches…

Christmas arrives at the darkest time of the year, during the shortest days and longest nights of the winter solstice.  That’s why one of my favorite things about Christmas is the lights.  What a beautiful thing it is that the lights of Christmas pierce the darkness!
Starting in November the stores begin putting up their lights.  Then the city lights brighten the landscape.  Then the neighborhood…and finally, the Bentley lights go up and for me, the season feels right.

Light played a very important role in that first Christmas.  The angels lit up the sky with glorious light, as “the glory of the Lord shone around them,” sending the shepherds to Bethlehem.  The magi followed a beautiful, bright light in the sky, the Star of Bethlehem, and found the baby Jesus.

Dark Days

Even as the seasons change, so our life circumstances and mental and emotional states go through days of joy and days of darkness. When we experience one too many dark days, one relentlessly following another with seemingly no way out of the despair that chases you, it’s easy to start doubting —even doubting God and His love for you.  The prophet Jeremiah, one of God’s own spokesmen, admitted his personal despair and doubt:  “I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.  I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—the feeling of hitting bottom” (Lamentations 3:19-20).

When you need LIGHT to cast away the darkness and shadows of doubt, remember, it is in the darkest part of the night that light will shine the brightest.

“The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” —Psalm 27:1

 Light Changes What It Touches

Do you know that light actually changes what it touches? When the light of the sun touches us, it give us life, nourishing warmth, and nutrients like vitamin D.

When the light of God touches us, we are changed—and we see our circumstances differently as the holy light of God dispels the darkness and gives us new insight and a bigger picture. Jesus declared, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).  The apostle John wrote this truth to the early church:  “I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in Him and you, because the darkness is passing and true light is already shining” (1 John 2: 8).

The true light is already shining! We don’t have to make it happen! (We don’t need to add that to our list of pressures.)  Jesus is shining in the darkness, desiring to ease the burdens you carry and give you a lift of hope and glory in this season of giving.  Let yourself receive the blessings and protection He desires to give you. “But you, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head” (Psalm 3:3).

God uses His sovereign power not to destroy us, but to bless us and place us in the center of His glory!

I pray that you will experience the love of His light and allow yourself to break the gravitational pull of everything weighing you down. Let Him raise you up to be seated—mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—in the heavenlies with Christ Jesus.

I pray that this season is one of glory, LIGHT, and love for you and your family.

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