This little light of mine…

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”         John 8v12

As I write this post we are full square in the season of Advent. In fact, there’s just  one more Sunday to go  then Christmas Day when the final candle will be lit as Christ’s anticipated coming is realised in the birth of the God child Jesus.

Like many light festivals, Advent is full of hope as it remembers and anticipates God entry  into our world. An environment fashioned by human darkness which God chooses to embrace as the Divine becomes incarnate and engages with us and our broken humanity. A dark world in which Jesus is the promise that change is just around the corner.

Of course, it took another 33 years for the full dynamics of God’s gift to be realised – but not long in terms of Millennium. The infant Jesus had to grow into the adult who would teach, argue and challenge the darkness before dying and resurrecting to  eternal life to prove his words were true and his credentials and authority was from God.

This Christmas, consider the light- an infant flame whom angels bowed down to and Kings journeyed to see- not because he was a baby but rather the promised Messiah who had arrived to begin his mission of saving the world.

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