It’s not about the lights… It’s about the Light

IMG_2738Guess you would say we are pretty tame outdoor illuminators when it comes to Christmas, with a string of white lights around the door, the old timey kind that don’t blink or change colors, and a simple live tree with those same lights on the porch.  When I was growing up it never occurred to me that I wouldn’t have a live Christmas tree in my home.  But after repeatedly getting sick during December, I finally figured out I was really allergic to that beautiful tree.   It is now located on the front porch, where I can enjoy it without courting death!  I love riding around during Christmas time to see the lights other folks decorate with, and how they choose to illuminate their world in celebration.  Their enthusiasm for decorative lighting adds to my enjoyment of the season.  And I notice the reality that even the lowliest store acknowledges the season with lights at Christmas.  I like to think that, without even meaning to, the world acknowledges the birth of Jesus. Why all the lights?  Maybe to remind us…

…Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Whether I light up my home ala Clark Griswold, or stick with the L.L. Bean vibe, I want to keep my focus on the true Light of the world.  How about you

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