Reading: Isaiah 9: 2-7
“On those living in the land of darkness, a light has dawned”. The light of the world reigns with righteousness and justice. The good news of Jesus Christ is here. In our world, where many live in darkness, this is very good news. The light of Jesus both shows the way and also exposes the things done in the dark.
At times, life can be challenging, it can be hard. This can be for a short season and often the holidays are a hard time. For some it is because of loss – loss of a loved one, loss of a job, loss of a relationship. For some it is the stress of the season – so much to do and buy, so little time and money, such high expectations. Into these and into all situations, Jesus wants to shine the light that shows the way. Jesus’ light reveals hope, grace, contentment. Jesus wants to remove pain and burdens and to give us peace, rest, and joy this season.
Jesus’ light can also shine into our darkness. In the light, the dark is cast aside. Nothing can hide. For some, this illuminating light banishes fears and doubts and brings reassurance and trust. For some, the light illuminates our sins and makes us aware of our need for repentance and change. Maybe we realize we are being greedy with our wish list or gluttonous with our spending. Maybe we are being stingy with our time or withholding of our forgiveness. The light shines into our darkness and calls us back to the path of following Jesus.
We all need the light. The light leads to life lived in peace, joy, contentment. The light reveals what truly matters in our world – love, fellowship, family, presence, time. This Advent season, may we joyously live in the light, sharing the light of the world with all who cross our path this day.