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Topic: Christmas Lights (10/30/08)
TITLE: Enduring Light
By Beck Gambill
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All of these lights warm and wonderful remind us of a better, brighter, more enduring light. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned,” Isaiah 9:2 (NIV). In a world full of turmoil and uncertainty there is hope in the everlasting light of Christ. His light has been shed in the hearts of those he loves. While we enjoy the twinkling lights of Christmas, may we remember the true light is in us.
As we enjoy the lights of Christmas shining merrily around us, will we notice those in the shadows where no light shines? In a nursing home lives an old woman who sits alone in a cold room with no family, no hope, and no joy. Will we venture into her quiet corner of the world and light the candle of her heart with the flame of Christ burning in us? There is a child living with the shame of a father in prison and no money for the extravagance of a Christmas gift. Will we offer the gift of love and kindle the light of love in his heart because we cared? A single man will sit at home without a family to share the warmth of the season and no understanding of the hope it holds. Will we share our table with him this Christmas and ignite in his life the promise of belonging? Will we see them? Will our light touch them?
As the season fades, the strings of Christmas lights will come down, extinguished until next year. Yet Christ’s light will never fade. The light of salvation is the one constant, the one true hope in this uncertain world. Shining the light of Christ to a dark and hurting world goes beyond Christmas, it is our calling, it is our purpose.
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