Let the Light In

__________ Christmas! Go ahead, fill in the blank. What adjective would you use to describe Christmas this year?

Merry, scary, wary, contrary? Sad, mired, troubled, tired? Whatever it is, it’s ok. You don’t have to be merry. You have the freedom to let the activities and the experiences of the coming week be as they will be.

We are told to “fake it till we make it” or “choose joy” so often as encouragement when things are hard, but sometimes, it just doesn’t work. It’s just not possible. And that is ok.

No matter how hard we try, the room is just too dark. That is until we let the Light in.

Light and darkness can’t coexist. When you walk into a dark room and turn a light on, there is no more darkness. Even the faint glow of a candle when lit, dispels the darkness. Displaces the darkness. Removes some darkness.

This coming week we celebrate the birth of the Light that dispels the darkness. With the birth of Jesus comes the promise of light, and in the glow of that light lives hope, peace, and love. We need to let that Light in. Even just a small flicker can be just what we need to see things more clearly.

How do we do that? Watch for the flickers of goodness around you. They are there. Watch for the flickers of love. They are there. Watch for the flickers of kindness. They are there. And when you see them or feel them… BELIEVE them. They are a gift to you.

____________ Christmas!


Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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