A pretty common childhood fear is the fear of the dark. As we grow up, the actual anxiety of being in an unlit room typically lessens, however fear of other kinds of darkness only increases.
We’re afraid of the darkness of tough situations in life.
We’re afraid of the darkness of sadness or depression.
We’re afraid of the darkness we see in the world around us.
We’re afraid and often when we’re afraid then we are ashamed of that fear and end up hiding in the darkness.
One of my very favorite parts of the Christmas season is the fact that there are lights everywhere… Lights on trees, lights on houses, candles, and more. A moment I treasure each year is at the end of the Christmas Eve Candlelight service when everyone holds their candle high in the air and Pastor reminds us of the verse we speak at each baptism:
Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven. Matthew 5:16
This moment is just so beautiful. People recount it with joy and awe. Last night I had a chance to witness this from the balcony… watching one candle, Christ’s candle, was passed from person to person and soon lit up the entire room. And isn’t that how it’s supposed to be when we face the darkness in our world?!? The Light came into the World on Christmas and it began to spread… From Mary and Joseph … To the shepherds who began to tell others… From the 12 disciples who told others who told others… Generation to generation the light has been passed. And now, it’s our turn.
May we hold our light high, because it truly is a beautiful thing to watch the light overtake the darkness, overtaking our fears. The great thing about it all is that while darkness may be scary, light always wins!
Shine your light bright today!