Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas Lights...

One of my favourite parts of Christmas is the lights. It seems that Christmas lights up the world. Yesterday was December 21st the winter solstice, this is the longest night of the year and the shortest time of daylight in the year.  So it's interesting to me that when we're in the darkest part of the year, Christmas pierces the darkness with light. Lights were important in the first Christmas.  The angels did the dazzling light show in the sky, the wise men saw another bright light in the sky - a star- and they followed it to where Jesus was born. I want us to look for a few more minutes on the light of Christmas for your dark days.  Looking back at 2011 it got me thinking about specifically 3 types of dark days;  Dark days of disappointment, distress, and doubt.  Maybe you can relate to at least one of those. 

Dark days of disappointment
There's been a lot of disappointing news just lately in our country.  The economy going down, the unemployment rate going up. More days of austerity, its going to get worse before it gets better There's lots of disappointing news!!
Dark days of distress
That's when you feel overwhelmed, when you're stressed out, stretched to the limit, frustrated.  You've got too much to do and you don't have enough time, you don't have enough money, you don't have enough energy.  My guess is that some of you are in dark days of distress right now.  You may be stressed out financially.  There's too much of the month left over at the end of the money.

Dark days of doubt

Do you ever lose your way?  Do you ever feel like you're up in a cloud and your head is in a fog?  When you look at your past you get disappointments.  When you look at your present, you get stress. When you look at your future, you get doubtful and worried. 
So where do you turn in your dark days.  What's the antidote?  The Bible says  "You Lord, are my light; you dispel my darkness." Because of Christmas you don't have to stay in the dark.  For me there are 3 ways that the light of Jesus can bring to our lives: 
He will encourage me when I'm disappointed; He will strengthen me when I'm distressed and He will guide me when I'm doubtful.

This Christmas, you may feel overwhelmed.  Maybe you're going through one of these dark days -- the dark day of disappointment, or distress or doubt The good news is because of Christmas, there is now a light in the world that can drive away that darkness.  His name. is Jesus!!

One night
Long ago
He came

God
Took on flesh
And lived
Among us

He came quietly
Miraculously
Humbly
Willingly

He came to love
To heal
To serve

He came to redeem
To renew
To save

He came for everyone
He came for You!

He came

God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is love; the radiance of Christmas, which is purity; the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice; the belief in Christmas, which is truth; the all of Christmas, which is Christ.