"Arise shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you."
We are drawn to it.
Light was the first thing God spoke into existence.
Jesus referred to Himself as the Light of the World.
He declared we are to be this light as well.
"If we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all our sin." 1 John 1:7
Light is a theme carried throughout God's Word.
Perhaps this is why we are drawn to light.
Light is one of my favorite things about Christmas.
Lights on houses.
Lights in store windows.
Light seems to be everywhere during the Christmas season.
I love driving down the main street of our little town at night during this time of year.
The trees lining the street are covered in lights. It feels almost magical.
When Isaiah wrote the words of chapter 60 Israel had just returned from exile.
Their beloved city of Jerusalem lay in shambles.
The temple in ruins.
The whole country was one big mess.
It was a dark time for God's people.
Like the people of Israel, we are living in dark times.
There is a heaviness hovering over our land and many of our lives.
Darkness trying to overcome light.
Gloom attempting to steal gladness.
Fear pursuing faith.
But the Light of God still shines brightly.
Darkness is still light to our God.
He still reigns.
He is still in the business of redeeming those who turn to Him.
And Christmas is still all about the Light coming into a dark world.
In the next few weeks people will be rushing to and fro trying to find the perfect gift for those on their list.
As we join the fray let's arise and shine.
Let's share a smile, a kind word, a helping hand.
Here are three ways we can shine the light of Jesus this Christmas:
1) Be the light in darkness.
Many suffer from depression this time of year.
Most of us can think of at least one person sitting in the darkness of depression.
Reach out to that person.
Let them know you are thinking of them and praying for them.
Ask them: How can I serve you best during this season.
Listen for their answer and then do it! That may look like doing some shopping for them, wrapping presents, or cooking a meal.
Shine the light of Jesus using your hands and feet.
2) Offer gladness instead of gloom.