My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Monday, December 17, 2012
Light in the Darkness
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(John 1:1 NASB)
He was in the beginning with God.
(John 1:2 NASB)
All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
(John 1:3 NASB)
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
(John 1:4 NASB)
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
(John 1:5 NASB)
As we continue celebrating this Advent season we try to comprehend the
coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The reality is that it is
at times difficult to grasp. Humanity had, and still has, fallen into
the very dark depths of sin. The result is darkness. What happens when
we are stuck in darkness? Sometimes we become accustomed to it and we
think that this is the normal state of things.
I remember long dark
winters in Russia where the darkness became normal. One hoped that the
street lamps would be working so you could make your way through the ice
and the snow. Generally you carried a small flashlight so that you
could try to light up the path which others had created through the
snow, following closely in the footsteps which had gone before, creating
the possibility of finding your way to the light. Even when we would
arrive home there often would not be light. Entering a dim hallway one
waited for their eyes to adjust before fumbling to the elevator, or
walking up a darkened staircase. If trying to find someone's home you
tried to count the numbers to determine whether you had arrived on the
right floor or not. There you would be greeted by four darkened doors,
sometimes with no numbers. Again -- out came the flashlight in an
effort to determine, there in the darkness whether the destination had
been reached. Maybe there was a number penciled in on a door post
For many years we burned candles every winter evening in
our Moscow apartment because the building didn't have enough electricity
for all the new electric appliances everyone was wanting to use.
Gradually the building would go dim at night as more people came home
from work and tried to share the power. Tea lights work for four hours!
I know. They would burn every evening from 6-10pm in our apartment. Time for dinner,
homework and when they went out, it was time for bed. The darkness had
come. But oh the joy of a crisp, cold and sunny winter morning! While the
sun may not have arrived until 9am or later, the brightness of that
light changed the day. At times the darkness had become normal to us --
and not until that sun-filled day did we know what we had been missing.
The light of Jesus is shining into our sin-darkened world today,
but have we become accustomed to the darkness? Do we feel comfortable
with the dimness where we can hide away, hoping that we ourselves and
others don't see our weaknesses? The gospel of John tells us that the
world did not comprehend the light of Jesus when he came into this world
in the flesh. How much more so now when we must accept him and who he
is by faith!
One by one we light the advent candles. One by one the lights begin
to shine in the darkness. Finally, this coming Sunday there will be four
candles lit until we gather to celebrate his arrival and the Christ
candle in the center will finally shine. The light of a single candle
can shatter the darkness. The light of Jesus can shatter the dark world
in which we live. But how does this light of Jesus reach into our
Have you ever wondered why the beautiful palaces of old
had mirror covered walls? Even if you see a picture or an old movie you
notice that old homes and palaces had gorgeous rooms but with many
mirrors. These rooms were created before electricity. The candleabras
would be lowered to the floor and filled with candles for an evening's
events. Depending on the planned length of the event, 4-6 hour candles
would be used. However, to increase the light in the room, the mirrors
were placed on the walls to reflect the light of the candles, making the
room multiple times brighter.
We, as God's people are called to be a
reflection of Jesus Christ to this world. He is the light. We are the
mirrors. If we are facing toward him -- seeking his face, then the
reflection of the light will shine into our dark world.
We are the ones who are now taking the light into the darkness. The
world needs hope. Think about where you may need to go and bring the
light of Jesus into the darkness. It's Advent. It will soon be
Christmas. The Light has come. How will we each respond in lighting
Lord, please help me to carry your light to this world today. Amen.