Friday Followings: The Light Shines in the Darkness and the Darkness Does Not Overcome It

The Light Shines in the Darkness, and the Darkness does not overcome it. –John 1:5

Hello Gloria Dei,
 
I love this time of year. Celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, moving into the season of Advent, with Christmas joy just around the corner; indeed it is a blessed time of year.
 
However, there is one aspect of December of which I’m not particularly fond, and that is the shortened days and diminished sunlight. I admit, I don’t like it when the days get short. I have a SAD light in my office to help soak in as much light as possible during this time of year. Light is important for all of us.
 
As I teach through the gospel of John this year (1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month – You’re always invited) I’m struck by how often the gospel writer uses the theme of light for the good news of Jesus. This world can be a dark place in many ways. I watch the morning and evening news on most days. Wars and rumors of war; harassment of various forms running rampant; people across the globe fleeing from one country to the next in search of safety; yes, darkness is not hard to find. Within ourselves, too, we long for peace in our hearts; we long to be rid of the selfish tendencies that infect each one of us; we long to be rid of the effects of sin that run deep.
 
The good news is that there is One who has entered this world as Light in the midst of darkness. During the season of Advent we prepare for his arrival. The Bible is honest of the reality of darkness, hurt, sin and pain in our lives and in our world. Yet we have a God who does not and will not let darkness win the day. Jesus, the Christ, God’s very own Son, the Word made flesh, the Light of the World, is coming soon at Christmas. This light enters our world, one person at a time, one heart at a time, to put an end to selfishness and hurtful pride. Wars will cease when people are changed. And people are changed by the humble power of God’s love. The longing of our souls for the peace that passes all understanding is given to us as we receive the Light of the World into our hearts.
 
No matter how dark the world gets…and no matter how dark our paths may seem, Jesus is still our life and our light. “The Light Shines in the Darkness, and the Darkness does not overcome it.”
 
I want to remind everyone that on Saturday December 9th at 5:00 p.m. we will worship God within our Service of Hope & Remembrance. This service is focused around the losses we experience in life, particularly the loss of loved ones. And while the grief and pain of loss is very real, Christ meets us right where we’re at with his light, his love, his grace, and his peace. And then on Sunday December 10th we worship God with music, as our musicians and choirs present this year’s Advent Cantata.
 
As we begin the season of Advent this coming weekend, please read Luke chapter one in preparation for worship, as we focus on Jesus coming to bring us joy.
 
May the light of Christ fill you now and always!
 
See you in worship!
 
Pastor Tim