Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing! — came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out. (John 1:3-5)
In the run up to Christmas I have been and will be conducting Christingle and Christmas services with our students. The Christingle services have been a lot of fun and St Mary’s looks beautiful illuminated by candle light. In the process of preparing for these services one line stuck with me and this is what it said, “Even a tiny light makes a big difference. So the candle reminds us that Jesus came into the world to show us the light of God’s love, and every time we do something that is good or kind or helpful we are helping to bring light into the world.” I think it stuck with me because it is such a simple, beautiful and hopeful statement – speaking of our lives as something greater than ourselves; that we are in some way connected to the mystery which is God. That hope is what Christmas is about, where the mystery of God became tangible; revealed in Jesus Christ the little baby born in Bethlehem.
Loving Father, as we come up to the end of this hard term and look forward to putting our work down and spending time with our loved ones, we ask for rest and refreshment during these two weeks. Although it can be a busy time, may the change in rhythm and focus allow us to switch off for a while and enjoy the really important things and people in our lives. We pray for those who will find Christmas a difficult time this year, may they know your peace and may you place people around them to lift their spirits, as remembering the birth of your son lifts the spirits of so many. It may seem dark now, but a light has come and is coming that will melt the darkness away. Amen.