On two occasions this past week, while driving with my children around 5 p.m., they both asked, “What time is it?” Both times my response surprised them. “How can it be just after 5 p.m. and be sooooo dark?” they asked.
We talked about the seasons of the year, about fall ending and winter beginning with the shortest amount of daylight of the year.
I found it interesting when my son pointed out that it’s the perfect time of the year for it to be dark, when we have the most lights on our houses.
It was just a couple weeks earlier that he and his mother had installed our Christmas lights.
As we continued to drive, I took note of the Christmas lights and began to think a bit more of this season of darkness and these symbolic Christmas lights.
This time of year, daylight is short and the night overtakes quickly. I am not a fan of the shortened days. I look forward to the long days of June and July, when you can play outside until the late hours of the night, and I think a lot of people would tend to agree with me.
This coming week has the shortest daylight hours of the year. For some of us, these days are not just dark according to our clocks but they, in fact, may be dark physically, emotionally, relationally, spiritually – you name it.
Maybe, for you, this Christmas season is feeling dark and gloomy. Maybe hope dawning feels as though it is far off. The one thing I know is that it feels darkest right before dawn.
I believe that Christmas is the celebration of the hope that Jesus brings. Scripture records in John 8:12 that Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” What a great truth.
Jesus came to this earth to bring light and hope. The great thing about the light is that no matter how dark the darkness, light will penetrate it and extinguish it. No matter how dark your situation appears this Christmas, it has no power against the light that Christ can bring.
Maybe you have never opened your life to Christ, but I would encourage you, this Christmas season, to open your life to the truth of Jesus, and see the hope that is illuminated.
As you drive down the streets of Flamborough this month, take note of the lights. Whether it is a home with a single set of lights over a door or a house fully decked out like that of the Griswald home, notice that those twinkling lights pierce the darkness.
Let the Christmas lights hanging on homes and trees be a constant reminder that Christ brings light, that even in the darkest of seasons, Christ shines through with hope today.