2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.
Yes, I know…another posting about the power of light in the darkness…it is a repetitive theme, but recently, I have been reminded of how dark our world can be…from the massacre of innocents in Pakistan, a hostage situation gone bad in Sydney to tragedies unfolding right down at the end of my street.
There is so much brokenness in our world…and so many lost and broken people…it can be unbelievingly sad to hear of people killing and being killed so senselessly.
In addition to these lost ones, there are many more people whose lives have been impacted by these acts of violence: from surviving family members, friends, and the community at large, its residence and those professionals who are called to keep the peace and keep us all safe.
Our world can also be darkened by issues of addictions, crime, abuse, financial troubles, disease, injustice, oppression, loss of trust…and so on!
As single parents, there is a good chance that we have experienced some of this darkness first hand, as many of us have experienced the grief of losing someone close to us, or have endured the shattering of trust as relationships have become broken beyond repair. And there may have been times when in the midst of these struggles that we have lost sight of hope.
However, it is at these dark moments when we are confronted by the darkness of our world that light of God’s love seem to shine brightest!
That light is the gift that we celebrate at Christmas: the light that is given to us in Christ, the light that starts out in the midst of a poor family whose only option is to spend one of the most important nights of their lives in a smelly stable…with the animals, because there was nowhere else for them to be…but then, how else could God come to us, but in weakness; otherwise we might have been so overwhelmed by God’s glory that we would never be able to accept the love!
How else could the light of God’s love for us shine so brightly if God did not know the darkness first hand; did not know it by being born into a poor, yet hard working family, who had their own share of struggle, but who also knew how to rejoice and how to celebrate this great gift of being children of God!
At Christmas, we are reminded that this light shines always, and fills our hearts…to give us hope in the face of sorrow loss, support in the face of our worries and struggles, and the love of God that gives us cause for joy!
A joy that we are called to share with our children and with each other…for where there is rejoicing there is healing of our brokenness, and where there is healing the evil cannot win, and while the darkness may touch us, it cannot keep us captive, as we are followers of Christ, and carriers of the light that can lead us all home, to the Kingdom of God.
Let us Pray:
God, thank you for giving us the healing light of your love as we walk through the darkness we face in our world, and in the midst of our lives as single parents. Please help us not to fall prey to this darkness…which can only lead us to despair, instead let us walk into the light of your love, the saving light of Christ, which gives us hope and support. Let us carry this light with us into the face of darkness, remembering that as this light is shared there is reason for rejoicing and for celebration…just as Christmas is a celebration of new life, which calls the light back into the world, and promises us all that the Kingdom of God is near.