Readings: Psalm 119:6-16, Romans 12:1-3, John 3:14-18
We have neighbors who escaped Christian persecution in Iraq and started a new life in Scottsdale. They are very interested in American traditions, and closely watch the neighborhood to see who decorates when. Last year, there was a bit of a Christmas light competition, as Kevin added a new light-up nativity, they added a couple deer. He added a star, they added a string of lights up their mesquite tree. We were visiting with them last week, and our neighbor said in her heavy accent, “I like your ice man. Where did you find?” I whispered to Kevin, “She wants to get a snowman like you just put up.” Our cul-de-sac looks like a winter wonderland with so many lights! It’s fun to have a little light competition. When Jesus, the Light of the World, came to us, He started the ultimate Light competition. John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. And John 3:19-21 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world…whoever lives by the truth comes into the light…” In that light, Jesus says to us through Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world…let your light shine…” We continue in His light competition, battling darkness, loving and serving one another, for the glory of the One that lights us up. Merry, blessed Christmas to you. Let your light shine!