The people and light

NAU Isaiah 9:2 The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.

The Book of Common Prayer uses the phrase “light breaking upon us” throughout the daily prayer forms. What a powerful image of God’s power and care. We do walk in a great darkness of evil throughout this earth. You have to do nothing more than flip on a TV to see tangible evidence of a world gone wrong. Just as light breaking into a dark place illuminates and brings hope. Light also describes right from wrong and provides a solution.

Our world is in great need. We are in a great need. And our need is quickly answered in the person of Jesus Christ for whom victory is assured over darkness, death, and the powers that bind us.

Some of the greatest light in this world are those who call themselves followers of the Christ child. They are bound and determined to make a difference in the lives of those around them. They care for the needy and are willing to sacrfice for others. I am in a positively great position to see how caring and effective the church is in the world.

I believe what we need more than anything else is to recognize light when we see it. All too often, the only thing we call light is a bright shiny strobe light (ie. Grand Opening of a Wal-mart light) and miss the small pen lights that are equally as powerful in their own right. Let’s celebrate the small victories. Let’s recognize the light in all its powerful forms.

All too often, we give up thinking that anything will make a difference because the task is too great, the evil too major, the obstacle too large. But when a group of people band together and bring their Christ lights (ie. gifts and talents and passions), there is nothing in this world that too large. May we dream big dreams and tackle big obstacles. For the light within us is the Christ light. And the Christ light knows no limitations.

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