3 12 2014

It is one of my favorite things to do during the month of December. I find a quiet spot, wrap myself in a soft quilt, turn out the lamps, and enjoy the glimmer of the lights on the Christmas tree. Sitting in their gentle glow, I find myself letting go of the stress of the day and absorbing the peace of the moment.

Light has a way of changing us. It illuminates, encourages, stimulates, heals, calms, and brightens. Physically, our bodies require light. People literally become ill when they are unable to absorb enough light. Spiritually, our souls hunger for light. Our spirits become withered and twisted when they reside too long in the darkness.

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” – Isaiah 9:2

The prophet Isaiah points us to the Light that will forever change our hearts. The darkness of sin, shame, and guilt engulf us, overwhelming our courage and choking our hope. Jesus chose to walk into our darkness, bringing His light to shine in our souls. He clothed Himself in skin in order to show us the way back to the radiant glory of God. We were created to thrive in the light of His presence. He looked into our deep darkness, humbling Himself in order to bring us the light of heaven.

My Jesus Resolution today is to be deliberate about celebrating light. Every time I see Christmas lights I am going to remember the light of Jesus. I am going to take time to enjoy their beauty, celebrate their warmth, and remember the sacrifice Jesus made to bring His light into the world. Today I am going to stop, wrap myself in His love, and allow His light to pierce the darkness that grabs at my soul.



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