Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.
Last Sunday marks the beginning of Advent, a season in the church year of hope, love, joy, and peace, but most of all, expectation. As Christians, we not only look forward to the celebration of Jesus' birth on Christmas Day, but cherish this time in which we prepare our hearts for His coming again in glory to redeem this world once and for all.
In his sermon, Pastor Wallace focuses upon the light which has come and is coming into the world once again. And, he reminds us, most importantly, of what Jesus told us: While He is the Light of the World, He grants this same blessing to us. God gives us our own personal, unique, and irreplaceable light which we can shine into hearts troubled and torn by the darkness of this world. A world devoid of hope, love, joy, and peace. A world desperate and longing for the light of Christ.
At home Sunday evening, we light our Advent wreath's first candle after praying together. As we do so, I relive Pastor Wallace's words from that morning.
They hit home.
And, I ponder . . .
What can I do this Advent season to truly shine "this little light of mine?" How can I "let it shine, let it shine, let it shine?"
With this year declared "Love" drawing to a close, I think I know. At least, for me. But, what about you? In what ways, during this Advent, can you shine your God-given light upon others?
Can you give to a local charity? Volunteer at a homeless shelter? Spend time at an assisted living home? Babysit for free while your neighbors go Christmas shopping? Take an elderly friend to the doctor? Donate a toy for children in need? Let someone ahead of you when traffic is a snarled standstill?
The list goes on and on and on. So many ways and opportunities to shine our lights!
How will you share your light with the world this Advent season?
Will you pray with me?
Father, it is with great joy and anticipation that we prepare to welcome Your only Son into this world. May these weeks of Advent be filled with Your blessings, guidance and love. Help us to reflect the Light of the World into the lives of others. Amen.
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