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How will Jesus shine though you in 2019?
A summer job I once had was trimming Christmas trees as they grew so they would be the proper shape when they were big enough to be sold. This work would happen in June and July in south Louisiana, and preferably as early in the day as possible to avoid the heat of the day. We would often be in the field by 4:00 AM, but we would have to wait. We had to wait because we couldn’t see anything. It was too dark. If we started swinging machetes around in the dark we would hurt ourselves, each other and pretty much mess up the job by chopping the trees into “creative” shapes. We had to wait for the light. As the sun came up we could see more and more in the light. The light made all the difference.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1-2). This pretty much describes the world we live in. There is much darkness, it shows up as despair, violence, indifference, and selfishness among other guises. But there is also light. Jesus came into the world and is described as “light”. Notice the light doesn’t come from the world, or from anyone in the world. The light comes from outside and chases away the dark. With His forgiveness and the changed life that forgiveness brings, Jesus makes all the difference in our world. Advent is about the light coming and the night getting less dark. Epiphany is about the light that came fully at Christmas, going out into the world and freeing people from the darkness. Jesus goes out into the world through His word and through you, “his glory will be seen upon you” as Isaiah predicted.
How will Jesus shine through you in 2019? Where will you shine the light He has put on you? No doubt there will be many opportunities as you move and work among your friends, family, and neighbors. Some will be unexpected and spur of the moment, some will be planned and intentional. You have the light of Jesus in you and you have a wonderful message of hope, and peace, of love and service to share. Think of a way now that you can intentionally share that light, that message, in 2019.
As the light increased in those south Louisiana summer mornings, we could see the dangers as we worked. They included snakes living in the trees and sometimes a wasp nest in the branches. With the light we could see and deal with the dangers without hurting or getting hurt ourselves. We could also clearly see what we were doing as we shaped the trees into the proper forms. There was also joking and laughter among the workers and a good lunch when the day’s work was done. The light made all the difference. From now on in January and for the next few months, the days will be getting longer. The light will be increasing. Jesus will be going out into the world. May you be blessed as you carry His light into your world.
Peace, Pastor Andrew