The Light Has Come!
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4
I love the month of January. It’s a time full of potential and promise. This month brings the feeling that anything is possible. The old has gone, the new has come! January represents a clean slate for us. However,
for some, January can be a very difficult month. The days are short, the nights are long. The weather is harsh.
The bills from Christmas start coming in. All of this adds to the exhaustion we may feel from the demands of
the Christmas season. If you feel like taking the month off to recuperate, you're not alone.
Regardless of how you are feeling right now, John’s words bring encouragement and hope. “In Him was life,
and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” This
is truly good news! Left to our own imaginations and desires, we would choose the darkness. God knows this.
He sent his Son, Jesus, to be the light of the world. The light of Jesus overcomes any and all darkness you may
be experiencing. The glow from the candles on Christmas Eve can still warm our hearts and minds as we reflect on the light of Jesus and His love. He became flesh and dwelt among us so He could give His life on the cross. Through His
life, death and resurrection we now have life everlasting. We live each day in the light of His forgiving love. What potential! What promise!
We celebrate the light of Christ throughout this season of Epiphany. In our gospel readings we reflect on the light the Wise Men followed to the baby Jesus. We remember the baptism of Jesus and the new life He offers through baptism. We celebrate the gift of all human life in the light of Jesus. We consider His call to be lights for Jesus in our life.
Light reveals the road ahead, but it doesn't reveal everything that happens on the road. We do not know everything that 2020 holds for us as individuals and a church, but we do know the One who holds us in His hands. Our life is in Him. His light is our light for the new year. In the light of Jesus we will take hold of the potential that lies before us by clinging to the promise that has already been fulfilled.
God bless us in our life together, sharing the light of Jesus to each other and our community!
Pastor Mark R. Rhoads