“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” — 2 Corinthians 4:6; Romans 13:12
Wreath Directions: Light one purple candle on your advent wreath.
Read Aloud: Matthew 5:14-16; Luke 2:15-20, 36-38
Suggested “Carol”: This Little Light of Mine, O Holy Night
It’s hard to hide a light.
During World War II, the cities of Europe practiced a defense strategy called “blackout” in which citizens and businesses were ordered to shut off their lights at night. It was the first war in which airplanes were a major component, and 20 years of technology had turned the Red Baron’s flimsy biplane of World War I into a 10-ton metal bomber, capable of raining explosives on any city within a 300-mile radius.
And so, in hopes of avoiding bombing or invasion the cities would turn out their lights at sunset. If the enemy could see a target, they could destroy that target, and just one light could give away the location of a city or an individual. Even New York City and places on the East Coast of America practiced blackouts during the War.
Jesus said a city on a hill could not be hidden. I’d say it’s the same for a city from the air. It’s there for all to see, day and night.
You could place a flame under a bowl or basket but the light would just go out. You can’t revive it again without another match or flint. Also, if a light is under a bowl or basket, what good does it do? You can’t see around you very well. Nor can others see you.
You see, Jesus is the Light of the World, and since we have been called to walk in His Light and reflect it we need to make sure that others see the Light in us. We are that city on a hill or that household light. We were made to shine the Light of Jesus Christ so that the world may see and turn to God in praise.
We were made to interact with one another every day as we go about our lives and each conversation is an opportunity to share the light. Is someone having a bad day? Cheer them up! Does someone need encouragement or affirmation? Build them up! If anyone asks, let your faith be known. It is in these simple conversations that the light of Christ can be shared.
Are you letting the Light of Jesus shine in your life? Are there areas in which you are trying to hide that Light? Jesus wants us to reflect and share His Light so that people will be attracted to that Light and come to faith in Him. So are you willing to sing with me, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine”? I hope so!
This week’s prayer is:
“Our Father in heaven, we light this candle to thank You for Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world. We who have sat in darkness have seen a great light, the light of Jesus Christ, our salvation. We give You thanks and praise in Jesus’ name, because He lives and reigns with You in Your glory, and in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”