When my oldest son Jack was a toddler, he absolutely loved Christmas lights! He might not be able to find a toy that was sitting right in front of him at home, but if we were driving in the evening he could spot Christmas lights three blocks over from the road we were driving on! He would squeal with delight when he saw them, and, if we had time, we would take a detour to drive by and see them. And when we went to Speedway in Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway, he could hardly contain himself. There we got to drive around and through millions of lights formed into snowflakes, wise men and shepherds, menorahs, Christmas trees, elves, candy canes, a few race cars, and a Santa grilling outside an RV thrown in for good measure—twinkling, flashing, and moving to bring the displays to life.
There’s a reason we put up lights and light candles during Advent. We are watching for the coming of the Light of the World, and it is indeed something exciting! This year as you string up lights on your tree or around your home, and as you see Christmas lights around town (no matter what form they take), let them be a reminder to you that the true Light of the World has come in power and light. And let us also strain our eyes to search for that Light, lest we miss it, so that we might reflect it in our lives as well.
Loving God, there are so many distractions in this season—far more than usual. Slow us down. Make us watchful for the coming of your Light in our midst. Amen.
About the Contributor
Craig has served FPC as Associate Pastor of Education and Discipleship since August of 2009. He is married to Kellie and has three children, Jack, Sam and Grace. He enjoys cycling, camping, and about anything else outdoors.