From my book, One Clear, Still Night.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
As we sat in the dark I could feel the depression start to settle over me. The electricity had been out for four days and as each day stretched on without heat, lights, or flushing toilets I felt more and more discouraged. Nights were the worst. All was dark and silent and without light there was not much I could do. At some point in the middle of the night on day four, the lights flickered and then came on. In a split second, I felt hope and relief surge through me. The lights were on in the house and in my spirit.
Darkness, despair, depression and discouragement are what so many people live each and every day. They find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Christmas seems to bring these feelings out in people who are already struggling. Perhaps it is because they are reminded of what they may be missing. They begin to feel even more hopeless.
Yet, the Christmas message is about hope. It is about light shining in the darkness. The good news isn’t just for Christmas. It is for all people each day of the year.
The Messiah, Christ Jesus, is the Hope of the World and I'm so glad that I have that hope in my life. That is hope for all people, no matter what their circumstances.
In turn, as believers, we are to spread that hope to others by living out the Good News through our words and actions. We are to help turn on the light in other people’s lives.
As people look at your life, do they see the hope you have in Christ? Is there something about you that will point them to Jesus? As you live out your Christian walk, do you bring light to others?
As you go through the Christmas season and the year, make sure you are spreading the hope of Jesus by living your life for Him.