O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit, he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Collect for the Nativity of Our Lord – Book of Common Prayer
As we have moved through the season of Advent this year, I have been struck again by the call on all of us as followers of Jesus Christ to bring light to dark places, to prepare the way for the kingdom of God.
The true Light, Jesus Christ, is coming into the world. We who are followers of that Light are called to take that light into the places in our world that are dark.
We are called to do this, because we have caught a glimpse of that Light, and we are promised that we will live in that Light forever. We are called to make our world a better place by seeking out dark places and bringing the Light of the World to them.
The Light that we bring is joy and peace and hope and love. It is the knowledge that we are loved by God and that we belong to Jesus Christ forever.
We must take that Light to places where there is no hope, no joy, no peace, no love. We must show the love that God has shown to us and the belonging that we have found in Jesus Christ to those who don’t feel they belong, to those who have no one who loves them. That is what it means to bring Light to the darkness.
My prayer this Christmas is that each of you will find the Light in your own life and find ways to share that Light with our world.
May the blessings of Christ be with you all this Christmas and all through the year.