“Everything was created through him [God]; 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
The Christmas Eve service would not be the same without lighting the little candles everyone receives as they enter the sanctuary. After the communion service, ushers light their candles from the Christ candle, and row after row, the darkened church becomes alive in the spirit of Jesus’ birth. When we sing Silent Night, Holy Night, no one wants the song to end or to be the first one to blow out the candle.
The light that comes from the birth of Jesus gives us hope. The joy we take with us from worshiping the Savior accompanies us into the dark night. The memory of Christ’s birth brightens our path and gives us peace.
May you feel God’s presence this Christmas Day through visions of the baby in the manger and the words “Joy to the world, the Lord has come….Let earth receive her King!” still upon our lips.
Lord, may those living in darkness get a glimpse of hope through the Christ Child. Amen.