Tonight at 11pm our congregation lights the last candle in our Advent wreath, the Christ Candle.
We waited four weeks for this night, and tonight we remember Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem and in our hearts.
The light of the Christ Candle represents the light shining into the world, a light that cannot be hidden, a light that shines in the darkness. We are that light shining into the world, if we but let go of what the world wants us to be.
God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available
for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent
life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now,
and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God
and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us
from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life,
making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.
~ Titus 2:11-14 (MSG)
Can you let go and let your heart shine forth with the gift of this miraculous Light? How can we not?