From the vicar...
MAMA Church friends, this was written by a friend of ours (Emily's and mine) from seminary. Her name is Allison Farrar Milliron. Allison's husband, Josh Milliron, is also a friend of ours from seminary. I think you will find this to be a blessing...
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.” - Isaiah 9:2, a prophecy of the Christ Child.
Like many of you, we put up our Christmas tree on Saturday. Because my son and husband struggle with allergies, all we can do in our home is a synthetic tree. Even the fake tree can be hard on them, so my daughter and I are usually the ones that pull it out and put it all together. This year, after assembling all the parts and hooking together the ends of all the strands of lights somewhere in the center of the tree, I plugged it into the wall outlet. The tree lit up, all except three portions…the top portion, a section in the middle and a section on the bottom. So out came the extra lights. Two strands of them also didn’t work, but 3 more did, so my daughter and I worked to patch the dark places with light.
And that got me thinking.
Isn’t that what we are called to do? Patch the dark places with light? We often prefer to hang out in the already lit places, but we are called to go into the dark places and shed some light. So I mentioned that to my daughter and with the typical 14-year-old-eye-roll I get, “Mom, you don’t have to make everything into a Bible lesson!” But that is just the thing…everything already is!
God’s story is so intimately wrapped up with our story that we cannot separate it out. Everything cries out with the Truth of Christ. God came and jumped inside flesh and intimately wrapped Himself up in us. He took on flesh so that He could walk among us and light the dark places. It’s the story of Christmas.
In John 8:12 Jesus says, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life," and John 12:46 says, "I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness." Jesus came to be the Light, but He didn’t stop there! Even now He calls us to be light-bearers and to continue His work. Ephesians 5:8 says, “for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.”
This Advent season, lets walk a little farther - out past the comfort of our already lit churches and circles and into the dark. Walk as children of Light and help patch the dark places!