November 29, 2016 – Jennifer Humphrey

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1 (NRSV)

Jesus is the light of the world. Isn’t this what we taught our FCC children at Vacation Bible School this past summer? During our “Cave Quest VBS,” one of our songs was called “He is the Light” and another was called “Light of the World.” The kids shouted, danced and sang their hearts out to those songs…maybe understanding the lyrics a little bit, maybe not. But I heard the message loud and clear. He is the light of the world.

John 8:12 says, Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” It is a simple concept and yet so full of complex meaning. How is it that we can just follow him, say “I believe” and never again walk in darkness? I sometimes doubt and question the world around me. I sometimes doubt myself. It seems daunting to always walk in the light of something so majestic. Don’t you sometimes feel unworthy of that awesomeness? I know I do. And yet, I have to remember that God made me and I am made in his image. I have to believe that I am worthy of His light.

Jesus is compared to light so many times in the Bible, we sometimes forget the significance of it. Light is the essence of goodness. It shields us from darkness. It is the absence of evil. It is what the Creator of Life brought into being at the first moment of Creation… Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3) Light is the one thing that allows us to see the chaotic, yet beautiful, world around us. Our eyes literally can’t see colors, shapes or images without light. Our eyes pick up the reflected light from images all around us – and our brains process light into the amazing world we live in. Maybe God meant for us to reflect the light back out into the world – to reflect His light onto others – to reflect the essence of goodness onto those around us.

During this season of Advent, as you rush here and there, frantic and in a hurry, try to stop and remember He who is the Light of the World. Even when you are in doubt or when you feel unworthy, know He has filled you with His light and His love. Remember you are His, you are worthy of His light, and He made you to reflect His light to others. Go out and share the essence of goodness with all those around you.

Father, help me to remember your light, to feel it warm my heart, and to share it with others during this wonderful season of giving. Amen.

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