They’re up! I spotted some Christmas lights in Essex and I couldn’t be happier. Really. Usually I’m a holdout on Christmas music until the evening or day after Thanksgiving. Same goes for decorating. But not this year. I crave all the carols and color possible.
A good number of years back, Motel 6 teamed up with the down home voice of Tom Bodett to deliver seven of my favorite words from a commercial. “We’ll leave a light on for you.” Those few words transformed an ordinary motel into a beacon of home.
These days there’s a lot of darkness and not just because daylight savings time took its usual vacation, much to my dismay. It’s the pandemic and politics and the cumulative effect of living with lies and the loss of trust. We need the lift of light.
So, lets take a deep breath, which in itself is a gift. Christmas is coming and it’s the season when we celebrate Light. And I’m not just talking about the lights we wrap about trees. This Light wraps around us, to warm, illumine and lead us Home.
Two thousand years ago when Jesus, the Light of the world showed up, it was really dark. But for some, like now, they’d gotten used to it or were too bowed down by care and fear to lift their heads or hope again.
Still, God slipped in through a baby’s cry that shattered the darkness and for the few who followed, then saw the Light, introduced them to their Savior. And in that place of sacred stench and holy misfits,”the hopes and fears of all the years” met and hope won.
Seems like God’s not as picky about people or places as we tend to be. And loves to show up where or when least expected but most needed.
The Light’s on.
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