Read Romans 13:11-14
During this time of year the nights grow longer. That makes being a kid riding in a car pretty tough. Though it certainly helps when video and DVD players and iPods light up the night. As a kid during Christmas many times we would make the trek from Vermont to Pennsylvania to visit family. During that trip one of my favorite things to do was to look out my window and see the Christmas lights we’d see every once in a while.
From time to time as we make our way along God’s path through this Advent season we catch glimpses of the light of our heavenly home. These hints come to us as a favorite hymn or song in worship. They also come as a renewed awareness of the forgiveness, acceptance, and peace God offers through the pastor. They especially come as that wonderful taste of the heavenly feast when we celebrate the Sacrament of Christ’s body and blood.
These glimpses thrill our hearts and remind us of the wonderful place waiting for us. The lit candle on the Advent wreath-and the three that remain to be lit in the coming weeks remind us how little time is left to prepare for the day that is rapidly approaching. Paul reminds us of this same fact in our Bible reading today.
Like a beautifully lit house at Christmas time, Jesus shatters the darkness and fills us with the warmth of His glorious light. He is the Light of the world who came into the darkness and vanquished it through His suffering, death, and resurrection. And each of us who were reborn in His image in Baptism shine like stars in this dark night of sin, giving those who do not yet know Jesus Christ a brief glimpse of God’s love through our words, attitudes, and actions. How brightly are you shining in the crowded store aisles, in the long checkout lines, in the jammed parking lots, and on the busy roads?
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we would be Your lights, shining brightly in this dark and selfish world. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit that we may live as You choose, bringing the light of Christ’s love to this dark world. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.