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December 11, 2006, Herald Journal

The light of the world


We all know how it feels to be in total darkness. It can feel lonely and scary. Throughout the Bible darkness is used as a symbol of life without Jesus, and light is used as a symbol of life with Jesus.

Jesus 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, NIV)

The world is dark with sin and unbelief. We daily hear of many bad acts of conduct or perhaps were a part of them and don’t know which way to turn. Our lives, however, are enlightened because Jesus restored us to God and transformed our lives to do good.

Therefore we are to let our light shine before others by doing good deeds. Let it be known that honorable Christians shine brightly and spread the light of Jesus to others in many forms.

How wonderful to know that with Jesus in our lives, we never have to feel alone or afraid.

One thing about a candle that we were taught was that a candle, while burning, will not lose any of its light while trying to light another candle.

This brings my thought to an artist who once painted a picture of a stormy and wintery twilight, and a dark, dreary house. It was a sad picture. Then with a quick brush of yellow paint, he put a light in one window. he entire scene became one of comfort and cheer.

Being within the Christmas season the candles we light should remind us of this. Not just the candles on the advent wreath, but even the ones in our window.

It has been told that a very poor couple living in Austria started the tradition of putting a candle in their window at Christmas. Though they had little to give, they felt blessed, so they put a candle in their window to share its warm glow with people who passed by.

The other villagers wanted to know how this couple could be so happy, although so poor.

Others then followed the idea and put a candle in their window, too, to see if that was the secret.

Now you will find in stores all around these special candles described and sold as “Welcome Candles.”

To this day, the beautiful custom of placing a lighted candle in the window on Christmas is observed all over the world, sending forth a message of love, hope, and cheer.

This Christmas season may we ponder this message: The lord is my light and my salvation. Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

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