Christ Is The Light

27 Dec

Light dawns for the just;
and gladness, for the upright of heart.
Be glad in the Lord, you just,
and give thanks to his holy name.  (Ps 97:11-12)

“Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light…”

That beautiful song reminds us that the light of God has come into our world.

That is one of the reasons that we decorate with lights.  The earliest Christmas trees had lit candles in the branches to remind all who saw that Jesus Christ was the light of the world.  That is why we use so many lights in our church at Christmas.  As we proclaim Jesus the light in the Eater Vigil with the Paschal Candle, we do the same at Christmas with the lit manger, the lit trees, and anyplace else where we can hang lights!

Light drives away darkness and that was precisely why Jesus was born — to drive away the darkness of sin and death.

We do not have to live in the dark.

All we need to do is turn toward the light.  Jesus will do the rest.

FAITH ACTION:  Find a place to be alone and sing Silent Night to yourself, reflecting upon the peace and joy that you experience knowing that the light has come into the world.

1.  Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright,
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child!
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Sleep in heavenly peace!

2.  Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from Heaven afar,
Heavenly Hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour, is born!
Christ, the Saviour, is born!

3.  Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, loves pure light
Radiant beams from Thy Holy Face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth!
Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth!