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it’s possible to miss the invitation to live in the fullness of Light himself.

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Read John 1:1-13

Light may be one of the most powerful elements in our universe. Scientists and brilliant minds through the centuries have recognized its incredible momentum and have attempted to harness its power. Not only does light travel over 185,000 miles per second, its energy actually generates life. It’s no wonder God made light first. Then, he used it to create and sustain a world filled with spectacular color, energized creatures, and a marvelous diversity of plant life.

It’s by no accident Jesus is named the Light of the World. He created it because he is light. Just imagine the Trinity brainstorming together how they might creatively express themselves. Their conclusion was to shine; to breathe life and to energize a new world filled with living creatures who might share in the same fellowship of light and life. When John says, “The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world” (John 1:9), he wasn’t lying. Jesus, the origin of light, was going to appear in the likeness of the very world he created.

Yet, many still remain in the dark – metaphorically speaking. Although we practically live and breathe and have our being from the origin of light, it’s possible to miss the invitation to live in the fullness of Light himself. We attempt to hide from his presence, in fear and shame, refusing to receive the invitation to live in his glow. Instead of shining as children of Light, we tuck ourselves away in our own darkness, afraid to let him expose everything. That’s the intimidating nature of living in the light. It demands that our darkness is drawn, illuminated, and purified. But, that’s what we’re created for – to bask in the pleasure and union of God’s Light – fully purified and free to run in and with Light himself.

Around the holidays, light is used in stunning display to shine through the dark hours of winter. Take time to drive around and appreciate the lights, remembering that the gift of Light himself shines his light into the darkness of this world. Let your experience be an offering of worship as you enjoy and celebrate Jesus – the Light of the World.

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By Yvonne Biel 

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