Beginning “The Light” Series

December 23, 2016

Christmas comes around the winter solstice when days are shorter and nights are longer, making the world a colder, darker place.

We learn about light and darkness throughout the Bible; sometimes in a literal sense “Let there be light,” (Genesis 1:3 (NLT) which tells us that in the beginning the earth was dark or on the night that a bright star shined over Bethlehem announcing the birth of Jesus Christ whose life brought light to all.

Other times the light is more spiritual in how through the prophet God promised that “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine,”(Isaiah 9:2 NLT). When God sent his son for us, he left a light on for us. When you are lost in the dark, walk toward that light and find welcome there.

“Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light,”  (John 11:9 ). The Bible implores us to stay close to the one holding the light for the light of God shows us the way. Darkness is not only evil but at times just uncertainty; with the Lord as your lamp (2 Samuel 22:29) the darkness will be lit, the path shown and fear comforted.

In the final week before Christmas we’ll explore what Jesus meant when he told us we are the light of the world in Isaiah 60 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”

At Foundry, we hope to let the light of the Lord shine so brightly through our worship and our work in the community that others may see it, seek it, find it and reflect it. Join us in celebrating the coming of Jesus and learn how his illuminates our paths, beckons us home, comforts our fears, and awakens our hearts.

By: Linda Nunnery