John 1:9-14  New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.[a]

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own,[b] and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,[c] full of grace and truth.

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Earthly light through the sun and stars is vital to our very existence.  On earth, it provides for both animal and plant life, shows us where to walk and drive, and provides us with incredibly beautiful sights.  It also shows up the dark areas and ugliness that can happen through neglect, misuse and war.  We experience the loss of light at night and through events like the storm, Sandy, and what problems that brings to communities and to people.

Even more than light from the universe is the heavenly light brought into the world through Christ.  The “Word” Christ brought light and life into the world.  This light of Christ cannot be put out even through hatred and evil and war and sickness and sadness.  We believe in the birth of God’s Son as a new baby born to an average man and woman. This light is for every man, woman and child upon the earth.

We celebrate Christmas as that new life to us and in us and in the world for every person, every time and age.  A single candle can light the way and give hope to those walking in darkness.  So much more can Christ bring light to us in our life whatever it may be.  As much as we need earthly life, we need the light from Christ even more to sustain us and lead us and fill us with love and forgiveness.  Christ comes to each of us bringing peace and hope and joy.

As you take some moments of silence to prepare for Christ’s coming, think of how the Light of the Word has shone in your life and even broken through moments of hurt, pain or doubt and confusion.

Prayer: Dear loving and gracious eternal God, we lift our hearts to you for the miracle of new birth through Christ, the Word who became flesh and lived among us, to show us truth and joy.  Amen.

Sharon McVean

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