One of the most arresting biblical images that illustrates the nature of God’s presence in our lives is that of light dispelling darkness. This theme becomes a particular focus during the season of Advent.
It’s good to stop and remember where, and more precisely “who” is the light that we need to shine upon us daily. So, for a change of pace, rather than providing further personal reflection or updates about congregational life, I want to give you a few passages to reorient you to Christ, our Light, even now, in the midst of your busy day checking emails.
Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. And leaving
Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and
Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people dwelling in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,
on them a light has dawned.”
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at
hand” (Matthew 4:12-17).
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will
not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the
light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6).
May we walk in his Light.