Oh the weather outside is frightful . . . well, actually the temperatures are dropping and soon will be in the normal range for this time of year in Minnesota. There’s some white stuff on the ground, but we were spared getting totally dumped on, like some of our friends and relatives in the south.
This is the time of year we expect the weather to cool down. So far, we’ve had a pretty easy winter. I shouldn’t say that too loud, for fear of a massive blizzard heading our way. Having a little snow on the ground, creates a Christmas card image and makes it feel more like the holiday is almost upon us. I’ve done a fair amount of baking. My tree is up and decorated and the house looks very festive.
When we take all the trimmings down in January, things will return to a somewhat drab looking house. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just leave it all up for the whole year? We wouldn’t have to go through the setting up and taking down that encompasses the season. It would be great for old folks like us too – who find it ore and more difficult to carry out these traditions each year.
I love the lights, the glitter and shine of this season. Each light is just a fraction of the light that appeared in the sky when our Savior was born. That star shone brightly in the fields not far from Bethlehem and guided the shepherds to the stable where Jesus lay. It was a light like none ever seen before. Magnify all the Christmas lights you see in the big cities of our country by a billion and it might slightly resemble the light those shepherds saw. That same star guided the wise men across many miles to worship the Savior, King.
The lights outside my home are going through some issues this year. Sometimes they burn steadily and then they decide to dance off and on for some reason. I guess I can blame it on some electrical glitch. Maybe it’s simply the way things are in life. We go our own way, do our own thing and then realize there’s a better way.
When that first Christmas star appeared, there were no glitches – no breakdowns – only perfection. As we prepare for the Light of the World, it can be seen within a little child, resting in His mother’s arms – a light that will never dim – a light that covers the entire planet with hope and redemption – a light that can fill our hearts and prepare us for the paradise God has planned for us – a light that will live within us throughout eternity. Let your light shine!