Christmas Day – Light in the Darkness.

The theme of light has pursued me this Christmas, right up to Christmas Eve. As I’ve recorded before, so many of my reflections and studies this season have been reflecting on light, the ‘light of the world.’ Like many people my past year has had darkness in it. I’ve spent more time than usual being unwell, I’ve had a house move which has meant loosening the ties of my old friends and forming new relationships. I have known bereavements and heartaches, though I readily admit my sadnesses are slight compared to many.

The light theme was re-enforced when i went to a Carol Service on Christmas Eve which was entitled ‘Light in the Darkness.’ The service started in almost complete dark and then as each carol was sung, or reading read, the light was slowly increased. Now we have turned the corner, Christ has come into the world as a baby, then a preacher and finally as a Saviour to save us from our sins and lead us to the eternal light which can never be extinguished.

We will continue to have dark paths during 2024 but we won’t be walking the pathway alone, Christ goes before illuminating the way.

Don’t You Care?

Jesus and the disciples were on the lake when a severe storm blew up. He was asleep in the stern. Anxiety and fear made the men cry out, ‘don’t You care if we drown?’ How could Jesus possibly be sleeping in such danger? They needed their Lord awake and acting.

Is this not a cry that we sometimes make? Everything around us is collapsing. Danger, real and imminent, is everywhere. Surely now is the time for God to act. We admit that we need His help but where is it?

The answer is that He is in the boat with us. He is working our His divine plan, which is not necessarily what we expect or think we need. We all know the story of the footprints in the sand. When life is most fraught there is only one set of prints. God is carrying us in His arms. He feels our pain, He weeps tears with us and suffers our anguish. But He does even more. He, who flung the stars into place and controls the raging torrents, has the power to act in our best interests.

How Does It work?

My car has just been serviced. It had been running smoothly but now it will be alright and safe for the future. I’ve no idea how it works; I just get in, turn the key and we’re ready to run My mechanic understands the workings of the car, I don’t need to. I trust him fully.

I don’t understand why the world is in the state it is. It’s beyond my comprehension why there are wars and killings. Why should there be refugees, families torn apart and senseless murders? It’s not my job to understand. Like I have a car mechanic, I have a Saviour. He and He alone knows the workings of this world. Not only does He understand; He is also in control.

My task is to get in the car (the Bible), turn on the engine (prayer), and drive (obey).