Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

THE focus of all our Christmas services this year is ‘Light in the Darkness.’

We will be celebrating Jesus Christ – God being born as man – coming into our dark world and bringing the light of salvation to everyone.

As John’s gospel puts it: In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Sometimes it’s easy to feel overcome. Overcome personally, perhaps, by grief or sorrow. Overcome by all the pressures of daily life. Overcome by the cold gloomy mornings and the darkness arriving soon after mid-afternoon.

We can feel overcome when we look around our world. So much fighting, and nations squaring up against each other. Wars of words threatening to spill over into bloody conflict. Or politicians scoring points off each other, and losing sight of the big challenges…

In the midst of all this, Christmas can seem like light relief. It’s  a great time to celebrate with family and friends and enjoy all that this time of year offers. I say Amen to that.

The temptation is to forget about all the bad things going on around us, and simply have a party. Put up the Christmas tree, shut the front door and leave the world behind until the new year.

Yet Christmas is not about escapism into tinsel and heart-warming TV ads. It’s about a God of Love getting stuck into the problems of our world – and coming down to live among the pain and chaos to offer hope for everyone.

It’s about getting involved, wherever we find ourselves. Where we live, where we work, where we socialise and where we worship.

At Christmas, the God of all the universe chose to get dirty hands by getting stuck into the problems of our world. He calls on us to do the same.

Rev Peter Crumpler

This article first appeared in the December 2017 edition of the St Leonard's parish magazine.
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