We enjoy driving around Blair at night checking out all the Christmas lights. Some people really get into the Christmas spirit and you can see it all over their houses. I haven’t gone by a house quite like the one Chevy Chase decorated in the “Christmas Vacation” movie, but we have some good ones! The lights really seem to bring our city to life. The lights seem to bring each house to life as well. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

I think of the very first passage in the Bible that tells us that at creation “darkness was over the face of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3). Now skip forward to the Gospel of John. It begins the very same way that Genesis begins; “in the beginning.” In John we read about Jesus coming into the world. John 1:2-3 says, “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.” And again, one of our favorite Christmas passages in Isaiah says, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:2-6).

I love the Christmas lights! I’m reminded that Christmas is about Jesus coming into the world and as the “light of the world” he brings the whole world to life. “In Him was life.” He lights up the world the same way Christmas lights light up the city; one house at a time! I love the Christmas lights because I know there is still a lot of darkness in the world. We see it in the news everyday! There is also a lot of darkness in some homes in Blair and in the world, but the lights remind me that light shines best in darkness and the darkness will never overcome the Light. I’m praying that the light will disperse the darkness, both in the world and in our homes. Merry Christmas!