|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating Christmas”
Our Bible verse for today: “But where sin abounds, grace abounds much more …” Romans 5:20 (NKJV)
Our thought for today: “A little light chases away a lot of darkness.”
I love Christmas lights. I like to see them on the trees and I like to see them on the houses. And the more colors the better. The Christmas lights are symbols which remind us that Jesus is the light of the world. The lights shining as they do in the darkness reminds us that a little light chases away a whole lot of darkness.
In yesterday’s devotional we considered the grief that was present in the life and family heritage of Jesus. Because Jesus was personally familiar with grief He can relate to you as you deal with yours. But more important than the grief is the grace. There was lots of grace in the family line of Jesus too (more grace than grief). Two of the most notable examples being the story of how Boaz demonstrated such great grace by caring about and providing for Ruth and Naomi; and how Joseph showed such grace towards Mary, when it appeared as if Mary had been unfaithful to him and had become pregnant by someone else (she had not but Joseph didn’t know it at the time).
Of course the life of Jesus is the very definition of grace. Jesus was the conduit for the grace of God to flow to mankind. And as Paul teaches in Romans chapter five, a little grace covers over a whole lot of sin. “Where sin abounds, grace abounds much more …”
How does all of that apply to our theme of celebrating Christmas? As was noted yesterday, for many people Christmas is not a time of joy and celebration. Instead, for many reasons, it’s a time of loneliness and grief. Loneliness and grief and heartache and pain all exist because this is a sin-filled world that is broken and bleeding.
But a little grace overcomes a lot of grief. A little light chases away a lot of darkness. You have the power to bring joy and light into someone’s grief and darkness by means of blessing them with a little grace – a kind word; a thoughtful card; a small gift; an invitation to join you and your family in your celebrations; an invitation to church. By showing a little care, a little concern, a little grace you can help to overcome someone’s grief and darkness, or at least to minimize it for a little while.
A little light chases away a whole lot of darkness. I encourage you to show grace and to shine light as you celebrate Christmas this year.