It is my favorite time of year to sing. I love Christmas music! Not the commercial Christmas music about Suzie Snowflake, Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman…I am talking about actual Christmas music. Like the songs that I was blessed to sing with the choir at my church this weekend. Songs that, when you really listen to the words, you hear a message that never, ever gets old.
In fact, this year, the Christmas message seemed brand new to me. No one said anything new, I had heard it all before. But some things happened on Friday that rattled me. And while the Christmas message has always brought me joy, I am feeling the message of Christmas in a different way this year…comfort.
I am an elementary teacher and since I heard the news about the shooting in Connecticut (Sandy Hook), I have been trying NOT to think about it…Unsuccessfully. What happened was a nightmare. Every educator’s nightmare. Every paramedic and police officer’s nightmare. Every parent’s nightmare. And now, the nightmares of little, little children who should never have to be scared of something like this…
I was at choir rehearsal last Saturday, trying really hard not to think about those things because they scared me. Until these verses rolled on the screen.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”~John 1:1-5
The darkness has NOT overcome it…That is exactly what I needed to be reminded of. Yes, the world is dark and scary. It feels darker these days when you hear of horrific events like this. But the truth is, the world has been dark for a long time (See Genesis 3). We are a fallen race and every generation has felt the darkness.
And when unthinkable events like this happen, we are reminded just how much we are in need of a Savior. A Light in the Darkness. The Good News of Christmas is: we get one.
“Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.”~Luke 2:11
His promises to us are that He will not be overcome by the darkness. That in the end, good really does win. That He is Emmanuel, God with us. He will never leave us or forsake us. Whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. And that someday, He will return and His kingdom will have no end.
“No longer will there be any curse…They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.”~Revelation 22: 3-5
This Christmas, may we all find comfort, joy, peace, and hope in the birth of our Savior. The Light of the World.