“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12
Lights are synonymous with the season. The twinkle of busy streets seem a little brighter with posts adorned with Christmas lights, my home feels more cozy with the glow of a lit tree, and events are planned around seeing thousands of bulbs filled with color (or not) formed into shapes and objects that put a smile on faces of all ages. It’s one of my favorite memories with my Mamaw. As a little girl, I would ride with her to different neighborhoods to see countless houses covered in lights. We would ooh and ahh over the bushes covered in colors, remark at the effort of all those lights way high in trees, and when they moved?...oh the amazement. This was especially true when they had a full nativity set (those were her favorite). As an adult it was the one Christmas tradition that I could take her to enjoy, at 89 years of age with a failing memory and limited physical ability, as well as my own daughters with equally matched excitement.
This year will be different. This year my Mamaw will celebrate her first Christmas with Jesus. We will still maintain our tradition here on earth this year, with the passenger’s seat notably empty. But Mamaw isn’t missing the lights this year. At all. Jesus says time and time again in scripture that He is the Light. (John 9:5, John 12:46, Luke 2:32)
Webster defines the word light as “something that makes vision possible.” It is a reminder that, especially during this season that holds an extra bit of twinkle, it is only through the Light of the World that we are able to see clearly. May our Christmas season be filled with clear sights and a vision that views all things through the Light of the World. It is through Him that we have been given the ultimate Gift of Jesus Christ. It is also the Light that makes darkness flee. Do you know the Light of the World? How can you share His love with someone who may be living in darkness this Christmas season?
Submitted by Erica Shaddix, Parkway Preschool Director