Jesus, the light of the world

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dimanche 30 décembre 2018 à 8h45

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Jesus, the light of the world

Had you noticed that winter is upon us? Although there are no firm starting or finishing dates for the seasons, you can usually tell. Winter is signalled by dark
mornings and early evenings. It’s often regarded as the season of darkness. Up in the arctic regions, they don’t see the sun for weeks on end.
But winter is also a season of light. The Hindus celebrate Divali, the Jews celebrate Hannukah and we Christians remember Jesus, the Light of the world, at Christmas. The light of the angels when they gave the Christmas message to the shepherds; the light of the star leading the Wise Men to Jesus.
In his Christmas Broadcast to the British Empire in 1939, King George the Sixth quoted what has now become a famous poem.
“I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, Give me a light” When thinking about this poem, I somewhat irreverently considered that the reply could have been: “Give you a light? Certainly not! Smoking’s bad for you! Give it up!”
Which led me to thinking about the resolutions we tend to make during these dark months.
We could start straight away but, of course, we put things off so as not to spoil Christmas.
Giving up smoking sounds like an excellent idea – better for your health and everyone else’s.
How about losing a few pounds (or should I say kilos?) and with them a few centimetres (inches) off the waistline. I could do with that!
Maybe we could give more to charity. Or, if our funds are limited, we could do more to help other people. Surely that’s what Jesus would want of us.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
And our prayer life – we want to do better in that, come rain or shine, light or darkness.
Although it’s not the New Year for a week or two yet, I’d like to read all of the poem read by King George all those years ago:

‘God Knows' by Minnie Louise Haskins And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

So heart be still:
What need our little life
Our human life to know,
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low,
God hideth His intention.
God knows. His will
Is best. The stretch of years
Which wind ahead, so dim
To our imperfect vision,
Are clear to God. Our fears
Are premature; In Him,
All time hath full provision.
Then rest: until
God moves to lift the veil
From our impatient eyes,
When, as the sweeter features
Of Life’s stern face we hail,
Fair beyond all surmise
God’s thought around His creatures
Our mind shall fill.

Give me a light? No need! You have all the light you need already: Jesus, the Light of the world; Open your eyes. See Him. Follow the Light.

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