Darkness and Light

December 24, 2019 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment


Catholic Advent ClipartWe’ve been talking about Darkness and Light this advent season. Instead of me opening each Sunday service with a reading from the Psalms as a call to worship, we have been calling each other to worship with these responsive readings: Darkness and light readings for advent. It’s been a meaningful experience, especially as the darkness settles in early each afternoon. All of us have been longing for more light earlier in the morning, and later in the evening.

One of my blessings/challenges for this year has been working alongside our associate Pastor Don Weston. He’s been grumbling all season because I have steadfastly refused to place the big white pillar candle in the centre of our wreath. Tonight, Christmas Eve, will be the first time it’s in place. I’m not just being contrary (although I freely admit, it’s a bit of fun to make Don grumble!) I’m hoping to focus our thoughts on the missing light.

It seems to me that much of the evangelical Christian world is missing the message of the Christ light. We content our selves with the trappings of Christianity: we pay lip service to needing Jesus, but we don’t really notice what is missing. We even proclaim that He is the Light of the World, and we’re happy to worship that Light.

But, we miss the point: Jesus is the light of the World, not just so we can see the glow and be drawn to it, but so that the darkness becomes illuminated. If we claim to see Jesus, we must look and see what His light is showing us: the hungry, the thirsty, the imprisoned, the stranger. He is the light of all people, not just (or even mainly) the privileged. When the Christ light is present, then everything is revealed, and we who would also be light are called to do something about what we see.

Tonight the Christ light is lighted in our little church and around the world. What are we doing about what He is showing us?

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 The Ladysmith Resource Centre Association asked us for 20 Christmas gifts for the local Cold Weather Shelter. That’s 20 people in our small community who do not have loving warm homes this Christmas. We’re doing what we can to respond. https://www.lrca.ca/bridges-community-church-at-larosa/

 

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