for Sunday, December 23, 2007
This is a beautiful time of the year. It is a time to celebrate family and friends; it is a time of warmth, a time of peace. Although many people are trying to eliminate the religious significance of Christmas, the very existence of all the lights points to Jesus Christ. He is the Light of the World. The Christmas colors of green and red point to the hope in the Lord attained through the sacrifice of his life. We are people of light, but how do we attain the focus we need in a world of chaos, confusion, in a world of darkness?
The answer is Jesus. For a Christian, the answer to all questions about life is Jesus. We need to adjust our eyes to the Lord's starlight. We look at his life. Born in poverty. Hunted as an infant. Mocked as an adult and crucified for loving others, he brought kindness and peace to those who allowed him into their lives. He would not allow darkness to overcome him. He would not become cynical. He would not succumb to hatred. He would not let selfishness determine his choices. He lived to love. He would not give up on love or give up on anyone for that matter. His love turned the darkness of the Good Thief crucified next to him into light. The former criminal was attune to the presence of Godís love, his eyes were adjusted to Divine Starlight.
Many people will be visiting each of us during the Christmas celebrations. Let's be frank, we really do not want to see some of these people. They will conveniently forget their nastiness over the years and walk into our homes saying "Merry Christmas". They will act as though nothing negative has transpired.
We have a golden opportunity. We can turn the typical Christmas phoniness into an experience of the Lord if we make the determination right now to love them, to be kind to them and not to be concerned with whether or not we will be hurt once more.
To be people of Divine Starlight our focus must be on Jesus. When we, when we treasure the Presence of God as one of us, the Gift of Christmas, we begin to see clearly. And the Divine Starlight shines through the darkness. When we try to be like the Lord, we will see the Divine starlight in the middle of the darkness. When we are like the Lord, we will be the Divine starlight in the middle of a dark world.
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