Philippians 2:15 Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
Not sure about your neighbourhood, but mine is filled with light; homes bursting with the sparkle of Christmas. As I drive through the streets, amazed by the trimmings and creativity, I think of you.
I do, I think of you.
I think of us.
And I think of our festive challenge.
At the beginning of November I declared a celebration of Jesus, light of the world. We don’t have snow or sleigh bells to unite us, but we have Light. Here we are, all of us, spurring one another on to be light in our world.
My prayer for you this Christmas is you will shine. Whatever happened this past year – the disappointments and the victories – I pray they do not define you. The world is crooked and perverse. Wicked and painful. Stuff happens, and there is no explanation. But in Jesus we have hope. The hope of heaven, the hope of glory. Because He lives, we shine like bright lights – on the tree, in the yard, flickering in the sky.
So my friend, shine. Let Light radiate from the core of your being. There is hope. Your life is making a difference.
And when you see the sparkling lights on the walk home, or in a department store, remember us. Remember this community: people all over the world shining because of Jesus. Let us pray for one another. Pray we shine in our dark and perverse worlds. They need us. They need you.