The Heart of Christmas: Lights

lightI will never forget one Christmas when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter and taking care of my 22 month old niece, Amber. She was very sick with the flu, but as we drove around our neighborhood she would point, and in her weak little voice say, “light”. It was the highlight of her existence at that moment when she saw Christmas lights on houses. Watching them blink, flicker and twinkle brought so much joy to her little heart, and to mine as well when I saw her reaction to them.

I also remember when I was a kid, even a teenager, really enjoying the sights and sounds of the neighborhoods where every house was lit and many had music to go with the show. There is just something about Christmas lights that really stir our hearts and bring joy and awestruck wonder to each of us.

Every year we try to take the kids to see Christmas lights somewhere, and my husband even loves to drive through the surrounding neighborhoods, just the two of us, and look at the lights. He is like a kid when it comes to seeing the more elaborate displays. He wants to keep going back past those homes every time he is in the area.

What many may not realize is that these lights represent Christ and the light that we are to be to the world. Matthew 5 says:

“14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Do you remember singing This Little Light of Mine in Sunday school as a child? Hide it under a bush..oh no! I’m gonna let it shine! Won’t let Satan blow it out! I’m gonna let it shine. This is the kind of excitement His light should continue to bring to those of use who are called by His name according to His purpose. We are to be a reflection of Him carrying His light to the dark world that they too might see through the darkness. That dark world is not in a third world country. It’s in our neighborhood, in our family, and even in our own homes.

How much light are you sharing with your friends and families? Do you only do it during the Christmas season or do you show your light all year? Why? What would it take for you to share your light more often and to more people?

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