Psalm 36:5-9 (NRSV)
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgments are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
Our family loves to drive around looking at Christmas lights. We bundle up, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and listen to Christmas carols as we meander through neighborhoods admiring the festive decorations. I have many warm memories of those family outings.
What is it about the Christmas lights that usher in such merriment? I wonder if it has to do with our scripture for today. “In your light we see light.”
When life is hassled, sidewalks need shoveling, bills outnumber our income or when we have no paycheck at all, when loved-ones are ill or have recently passed, we find it hard to see light. When we see Christmas lights, we are reminded of Christ. When we see Christ, we see light.
Pray: Christ be our light, shine in our hearts, show us the way. Amen