"The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it." John 1, verse 5
What a time we have all come through in these past 2 or so years. The reasons for that don't need to be listed but most of them can be summed up by the word "covid". It's been a "dark" time indeed. Perhaps now people are beginning to see some light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel, but in truth the light has always been there.
Christmas reminds us of the God who has committed Himself to us. As we celebrate Christmas we will speak of God coming among us in Jesus; of God taking on our humanity in Jesus, of God coming in Jesus as the bearer of hope. It is because God has united Himself to all of life, and all that life is, that light always shines. And the fact that we have been affected so greatly at times by covid, and other "powers" at work, doesn't take away from the truth that the light shines. Nor does our inability to see that light at times mean that it's not shining.
It's not our experience of life that determines whether the light shines, but it is God's binding of Himself to us in Jesus that enables us to always be confident that the light shines in the darkness.
God is wholly committed to humanity and to all of life, and that's one of the truths of Christmas. God enters our world in order to renew it and transform life itself, and thereby become the Hope that,
whatever the darkness, God's loving purposes for creation will be fulfilled. I hope that we can all lay hold of such truth for our everyday living and not just in times of great upheaval.
The Good News of God's love in Jesus is what we celebrate this Christmas and daily in our lives. It is foundational to our faith and to our hope. Let us pray for a renewed sense of what the babe of
Bethlehem comes to bring, not only to us, but to the world.
Peace and Joy to you and yours this Christmas time.