Today's Devotional Thought
December 04, 2018 by Rachel Piferi
The Light of the World
Little white lights everywhere. I absolutely love this time of year when there are sparkling lights on everything in our lives. As I write now, I am sitting in the early morning glow of my Christmas tree with its branches adorned with sparkling, tiny white lights. I just love how ornaments shine in the reflection of the lights. I love how you can drive down the road and see tiny lights on Christmas trees through everyone's windows. And I just love how peaceful and calm these lights make our days and nights. Everything just seems happier and more beautiful this time of year with little, twinkling lights all around.
Did you know that Christmas lights have their origin in the 17th Century when people in Germany used to put small candles on their trees at Christmas to represent Jesus, the light of the world? It's interesting because the first half of the 17th century was a hard time for the German people with the 30 Years War and other unrest in their country. In the same century that they started using light to represent Jesus in the world, their world was very dark. It seems fitting that the light of the world would be symbolized at a time when darkness through war was all around them.
While the circumstances may be different today, that same darkness exists. Not only is the world full of evil and pain, but each one of us will go through individual periods of darkness in our own lives where the evil of the enemy is very real and alive. We will experience loneliness and hardship and ache. Some of you may be there right now.
But do you know what? We do not struggle as people with no hope. We do not just experience darkness. We know the light.
The very light of the world came into the world to save us from that darkness. That is what we celebrate at Christmas. That is what we find joy and hope and excitement in. The little white lights that bring peace and calm to our trees and decorations represent a very real peace and calm that Jesus brought to the world.
As you go through this Christmas season and you see little lights everywhere, be reminded of this truth: no matter how dark your days in this world get, you have Jesus. The very light of the world who brings hope and joy and salvation to our darkest days and to our world. And we do not live in darkness. We live in light.