In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
We stayed in a mountain cabin in the wilderness of Massachusetts, where sunset over the mountain top plunged us into unexpected cold twilight. No television, no neighbors, no traffic sounds punctuating the night. Just peaceful stirrings of woodland breeze in the trees.
The evening lounged before us, we listened to Prairie Home Companion on the radio and played a hand of Go Fish or two. After a while we ventured outside to see the stars ,expecting that so far removed from suburbia they would be plentiful. A cozy fire in the fire pit and some hot tea sounded like the perfect way to end a perfect day.
Once outside the darkness enveloped us, extinguishing all reason. It turned up to down and left to right. A quick return indoors for the flash light was futile. The dark was all-encompassing. Reducing the flashlight’s beam to a piteous almost laughable attempt at sight.
The darkness had no use for our light, It scoffed at it. Swallowed it whole. We turned the flash light and on and off just to marvel at it’s ineffectiveness. So thorough was the night. Hold your hand in front of your face and if it wasn’t for the fact that it was attached to your own arm, you’d never know it was there.
I remember when all my life was stalled in limitless darkness. And I remember when the true light finally dawned. The darkness fell away, it’s power ebbed as Jesus took control. The darkness shrunk and the light shined upon all it touched, even the ugliness that I thought would never see the light of day.
And it was all made right, enlightened by His Spirit and Grace.
I pray that this year the Light of Christ would be so abundant in our lives that His perfect light would pierce the darkness for others who would be drawn by the beacon of God’s radiant Love.
Shine your light on us this Christmas season. Guide us. Use us. Help us to know you more.