Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Advent: Day Twenty-three

Today's ornament is a candle, symbolizing The Light of the World. When the time had come for the prophecies to finally be revealed, an angel of the Lord came to Mary and told her that she would conceive, and bear a son, and would call his name, "Immanuel," which means, "God with us." She eagerly awaited the Light of the world, as did Simeon, who when seeing the baby Jesus in the temple in Jerusalem said,

"For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Isreal" (Luke 2:30-32)

Jesus came to be our Light and as His followers, we are to be a light shining for others to see Christ. That's not always easy and I definitely don't shine very brightly sometimes. But, thankfully, with His help and by His grace, we can shine and He does illuminate the darkness!

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).

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