One night, when coming home from work, I was admiring at a distance our Christmas tree all lit up with lights of every color beautifully displayed through our patio glass doors.
When seeing all the different lights, it gave me a feeling of peace and calmness.
Then, on our picnic table (so it won’t get covered in deep snow), we have Rudolf and a sleigh covered in lights. Of course, Santa is standing in the midst, covered in lights, as jolly and happy as can be.
It gave me a feeling of excitement and happiness.
In my kitchen window, we placed a single candle that is lit up. It stands all alone by itsself. We all know how it feels to be in total darkness. It can feel lonely and scary.
Throughout the Bible, darkness was used as a symbol of life without Jesus, and light is used as a symbol of life with Jesus.
While growing up, I learned a story about a very poor couple living in Austria who 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 their idea and put a candle in their window, too; to see if that was the secret.
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)