12/11 Friday - Advent Seasonby WCUMC Member on 12/11/20
Welcome to Our World
This song was released in 1997 by singer-songwriter Chris Rice. The lyrics speak of the newborn infant Christ being born into an imperfect world. The line “But long-awaited Holy stranger make yourself at home” echoes the sentiment in John 1:10 that the world did not recognize Jesus when he was born on Earth.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
I think my favorite part of Christmas has to be the lights! They make everything brighter, merrier, and more twinkly if that’s a word. When my kids were little, we took the time to drive around to look at lights and talk about what we liked about the displays. The lights brought us joy and a way to spend family time together.
In the Bible, Light has always been the symbol of life, of knowledge, and of goodness. The Message proclaims “ The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into Light” (John 1:9). What an amazing promise, the True light was coming in the form of Jesus. The light is given to everyone, to the entire world but the world does not know it. We are challenged as Christians to bring the Light of God in a dark world. This makes me think of a beautiful quote from Corrie Ten Boom, Dutch author of The Hiding Place and Holocaust survivor-- ”His light is stronger than the deepest darkness”.
May we be the Light this Advent season to all around us to fight the darkness in the world who doesn’t even notice the God-given light of Jesus Christ!
Pray with us:
Merciful God, whose light penetrates the darkness, help us to shine in this world and be a beacon for others this holiday season. Just as the sun rises each day to chase away the darkness, may we seek your word and guidance daily. As you present us with challenges that may seem to overwhelm us, give us the support to become stronger and a brighter light for Your glory. Thank you, Lord, for our church family. Bring your blessing to all of us so that we may bless others. In your name, we pray, Amen.
(Reflection and Prayer by Wendy Miller)