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Daily Devotional: Thursday, December 23 - Christmas Lights

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” — Isaiah 9:2

In December, the nights are long and daylight is gone quickly. Many people come home from work in the darkness. However, a highlight of the Christmas season is riding through neighborhoods at night to see green, blue, red, silver and gold lights brightening up the dreary winter nights. Families treasure these annual trips to go see all kinds of decorations.

In a troubled world, we sometimes feel overwhelmed by the darkness of doubt, depression and despair when problems multiply all around us. In the midst of the darkness, God gives the glimmer of hope through the Christ-child coming into the world. During anxious times, Scripture uplifts the downtrodden and reminds us to keep going. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2).

Though the glowing angels shocked the shepherds on the first Christmas night, the light of Christ is the brightest light. He shines brighter than the sun, moon or stars because of His purity and perfection. When the working men left the field to see Jesus, they saw a baby shining with glorious light. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11-12).

On Christmas Day and throughout the year, let us savor the shining light of Christ and share His light with everyone. Until Christ returns, we are His messengers of light. “You are the light of the world. A  town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia

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