Back when electricity was first being introduced to a little Scottish village, almost everybody in a particular church switched from the propane lanterns to electricity just as soon as it could be hooked up.  However, one couple in the congregation couldn’t get their electricity because they were waiting for the poles to go up and the wire to be strung.  So they continued to use their propane lanterns.


The day finally came when electricity was brought into their home.  Everyone came for the festive event.  The man waited for it to get extra dark; then he told his wife to go turn on the switch.  When she did, the light filled the room, and everyone rejoiced.  The man grinned from ear to ear, picked up a propane lamp and said, “It sure makes lighting my lamps easier!”  And with that he lit a lamp, and his wife turned off the electricity.


I feel like that after Christmas sometimes.  It seems like there is all this energy pushing towards Christmas eve and Christmas day.  Everybody is a bit more cheerful and generous.  Our lives are tuned into Christ. We make conscious efforts to be the light of Christ to the world.  But then the day after Christmas happens and it starts to fade. And I wonder where all the light has gone.  The day to day activities return.  Now it’s cold and winter blues start to set in and it feels like all that light that we were celebrating has now been turned off.


Jesus told his audience in the middle of his Sermon on the Mount, “You are the light of the world.  A city built on a hill cannot be hid.  No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”


You are the light of the world!  As Christians, that means when we look into the world and see many dark places, our job is to bring the light of Christmas forward into those dark places.  The light of Christ is the most powerful light in the world.  Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  I don’t know about you, but this little light of mine?  I’m gonna let it shine!  I hope this song gets stuck in your head…and I hope that in 2020 you are willing to light up with world with Christ!



Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris