The Fifth Advent Candle—The Light of Christ

Last night after all the gifts had been opened and all the food eaten, I lit the fifth Advent candle—the Christ candle. I turned out the lights and sat down to think about the meaning of that light.

I became a Christian thirty-four years ago, half my lifetime. Thirty-four years of darkness (although I didn't realize it at the time) and thirty-four-four years of light. I didn't understand darkness until I experienced Light. The Light of Christ filled my life with His hope, peace, joy and love. I may not always live like it, but Christ's presence fills my soul and is changing me into His likeness from the inside out.

Yesterday we celebrated the day Christ's light burst into the world through the birth of a baby—Jesus. Thank you Lord for your incredible love and salvation.

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined....For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:2,6).

Lord, help us live and share the Light you have given us.

 

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