The Light That Breaks Through

“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)


I love Christmas lights.

Sometimes I go by a yard covered with lit-up figures and I think, “Wow, that person really went overboard!” What speaks to me most is the lights - white lights, colored lights, icicle lights, tiny lights, larger lights… lights outlining trees or houses or doorways or staircases. I love to turn on our Christmas lights inside the house, early in the morning; I love turning on the outside ones in the evening. It makes me feel warm inside to come into a dark St. Ambrose and turn on the Christmas lights. Especially on these nights when the sun sets around 4:30 pm, and I think it should be 9 pm when it is only 7 pm, I love seeing all the lights - lights that shatter the darkness.

I came home from the Vestry meeting last night around 10 pm, and when I drove up our street, the lights on all the houses and trees were beautiful.

There are other types of darkness in our world, of course - the darkness of ignorance, the darkness of poverty, the darkness of loneliness and isolation, the darkness of war and violence, the darkness of hatred, the darkness of grief, the darkness of injustice, the darkness of sin. Into all of this darkness the Son of God consented to be born - in great humility. At a certain time in history, and for all of us now… into this world of darkness, the Light has shined. A child has been born for us, a son given to us. And he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

He is the only one who can cut through the darkness in a way that liberates us, and leads us back home - so that we are once again at home with God, with each other, and in our own skin.

How has God’s Son… Mary and Joseph’s boy… the vulnerable baby who grew up, taught, healed, died, rose, ascended and became the risen Christ… how has this Prince of Peace shattered your darkness, and brought you back home?

Take a few minutes today to reflect on all the ways that He has shattered and scattered your darkness, and offer up a prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude.

The Light of God is the greatest of all gifts. O Come, let us adore him… Christ, the Lord.