Christmas is a wonderful time of the year but the further away we get from celebrating the birth of Christ then the more challenging it becomes to experience all the wonders this blessed holiday has to offer. The fiery darts that so cleverly counterfeit the joys of Christmas have overshadowed this blessed holiday to the point that we have all but forgotten the child whose birth we are supposed to be celebrating.
And what’s been the results? Christmas has become the most stressful time of the entire year for many people. The worship of self has overshadowed worship of the Christ Child. People are more concerned with what they are getting than in what they are giving. And with the economy on a downturn like it is, the lack of money to spend on Christmas presents creates depression of an alarming nature.
As I see this darkness growing and spreading its evil tendrils across our land threatening to extinguish the Light of Christmas, I am tempted to despair. That is until I open my Bible and I read John 1:5
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
You see the light referred to in this verse is Christ. What reassurance, what hope we have in these dark days that the light of Christ will overcome the darkness!
Recently our nation has witnessed darkness in its most evil form attempting to eradicate everything of life and light of Christmas. Those directly affected by this dark evil were left with no heart to celebrate Christmas and who could blame them? Yet, today I read that though many of those affected by this evil had extinguished their Christmas lights, slowly but surely these hurting people were turning their Christmas lights back on! The Light of Christmas in turn shines bright upon them, eradicating the dark evil while sending forth its blessed healing rays. Their simple but bold and courageous act affirms unquestionably the rock solid truth expressed in John 1:5.
Darkness, no matter how evil will never overcome the light!