the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”
Christmas is full of light from candles, trees, decorations, and houses, but the greatest light is God's gift of Jesus, the Light of the World. I love the candlelight service on Christmas Eve, especially at the end when the lights go down and one candle is lit. There is no longer complete darkness. Then one by one, light is increased as the light of one candle is passed to another and another until all are lit.
At the service last night, the person in front of me was having difficulty keeping her candle lit, due to the overactive vent blowing down on the flame. The lady was persistent in relighting the wick each time it would go out. When she finally protected it with her hand, the candle stayed lit. It reminded me of the importantance of making sure I am diligent about my life continually shining God's light to honor and glorify Him.
And the exciting part is that the gift of God's light, Jesus, can be given and shared all year long.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.