The days of December are here!
What words comes to your mind as you think about the days of December?
There are so many words and images that fill my mind when I hear that the days of December are coming or are here. These are just a handful.
Especially since we started celebrating Hanukkah and Advent, one of my favorite images is of our family gathered together by candlelight or flashlight reading God’s word.
The Power of the Light
There is something powerful about even a soft light glowing in an otherwise dark room. Your eyes can’t help but look at the light. Your eyes might search the dark room but they always come back to the light.
Try this experiment with your family tonight.
Turn off all the lights. Then, carefully and quietly walk somewhere else in the room. Turn on a flashlight or light a candle and notice how quickly everyone’s face turns toward you.
I do this little experiment with our kids every so often, because I want them to remember the power of the light. The light cannot be ignored. Others might try to extinguish it, but the light always breaks through the darkness and shines a path before us.
Christ is the Light of our Lives
Christ is the light of our lives and even though we have difficult times, he is our constant guide and companion, shining the path so we can walk.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Doesn’t that verse give you a surge of hope and joy?
He has removed the darkness from our lives and given us the light of life!
Oh, to never have to be afraid of the darkness. To “not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more (Luke 12:4).” This is the peace that comes with following the light.
The Truth often Hidden during the Days of December
Yes, those verses are joyful and hope-filled. They give us all the warm fuzzies, but there is a truth that is often overlooked during the days of December, that in honoring Christ, I cannot over look here.
In Luke 12:5, Jesus continues…
“But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell.”
Depending on where you stand in your relationship with Christ right now, you may exude joy in proclaiming that you know and trust the One who should be feared, knowing that he is protecting your soul from being completely separated from him is something to praise and celebrate.
OR you may not even realize that there is a God worth loving and trusting that will protect you from the tortures of hell, if you choose to follow Him.
Our Longing for the Days of December
Our longing is for more and more to know the heart of Christ, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the joy of being reunited with their Heavenly Father. The advent season is a time of eagerly anticipating Jesus’ return and joyful praise over what Christ has already accomplished.
But we can’t forget about those that don’t realize he is coming back!
He is coming!
Jesus will return soon, so let us take on not only this time of eager anticipation with joy in our hearts but realize the urgency in these moments too. So many still do not know Christ.
We want them to have a holy, reverent fear of our Lord because his light is truth. He is the holy way. They need the eternal hope that we are so joyful and excited about right now. They need to see you shining the power of Christ’s light in their dark world.
In these days of December, many are looking for the light that you have.
Shine brightly! The light cannot be ignored.
Prayer Over our Hearts
Lord, your love for us is beyond compelling.
When we hear what you’ve done for us, it humbles us to know that you would love a people that have in their actions and words have spoken hate against you. You took our sins upon you in order that we, an unholy people, may be reunited with our holy Heavenly Father.
Oh Lord, we pray that we will not only praise you, but proclaim you to those you have placed in our lives. Let us be a shinning light to those who still don’t know you and are living in darkness. Let our hope in you become their hope as well.
As followers of Christ, may we unite together in purpose so that your light may shine even brighter here on earth. May we let the light of Christ shine so all can be impacted by his truth and eternal gift of salvation!
In Jesus’ powerful name – Amen!