When The Lights Go Down Is Your Heart All Aglow?

Christmas lights add sparkle and brilliance to main streets in small towns and in large. Department stores have been glistening with twinkle lights for weeks. Even home — the place of comfort and joy, peace and goodwill is bright with lights on the tree. The world is all aglow. And what about our hearts?

Christmas Lights All Aglow - but what about our hearts?

When speaking in the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus said to the people gathered, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

He didn’t mean we’ll suddenly sprout glow sticks and never face a dark night again. He did mean we’ll suddenly be filled with His light and love. We will be changed. We will be significantly different … in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. There will be a difference in attitude, in perspective, in the way we deal with challenges and challenging people. We will begin to realize it’s not about us, we are not in control, and if we’re not diligent our flickering little flames may be snuffed out by the wicked winds of a fallen world.

A life of faith and following is a work in progress, don’t get me wrong. It will be painful. There will be misery. We will be tested in ways we cannot imagine. But if we hold on and hang tight we will survive, overcome and thrive once again. And oh, the glow of a heart thriving on the beat of the heavenly Father who made everything and everyone!

Christmas lights, indeed!

Christians … followers in faith … lovers of God and his son, Jesus Christ … are to be the CHRISTmas lights of the world. And you can bet we’re supposed to glow 24/7. We are not given an allowance of days off for bad behavior!

Can we do it? No, of course not. We’re not perfect. We struggle. We lash out. We fall down. The key is to get up and glow again. We must try our best today, and again tomorrow. We can make the conscious effort to put on our SONglasses before we see, speak, act or make a decision.

And then we must give it everything we’ve got … and glow.

Are our hearts all aglow with Christmas light? Or just the world outside?

Trees topple. Bulbs break. Beauty shatters into a million shards of sharp and painful splinters. And it’s ok. Yes! Really. I know it sounds ridiculous. I know when we’re in the midst of a terrible, awful, no good, very bad day, week, month or year it is so hard to stick it out. But take heart! You were never supposed to handle it alone. Because when you get to the bottom you realize alone is purely impossible. God is always there waiting on YOU to say “Help!” Our candle may go out daily, but the pilot light never wavers. Our hand is always held. Psalm 73:23-26:

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

God is our strength. He is the light. We are to be little beacons of hope in a cold, sad, dark world. And guess what happens? The same thing that occurs at the Christmas Eve candlelight serve at church: one lone candle lights its neighbor, and then two or more gather, and then the lights spread until everything is aglow.

Be the light. Share your glow. Warm a heart (or ten!). Because it is the most wonderful time of the year, and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Come, all ye faithful, and shine!


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  • comment-avatar
    Robyn December 6, 2016 (9:18 pm)

    I love your thoughts, Jennifer. What a wonderful image to remind us to be bright and to know we have an even brighter light to help us.

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      Jennifer Kiko December 8, 2016 (5:49 am)

      Yes, Robyn. And some days I need really big reminders! Merry Christmas to you and yours!