You are the Light

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14


As a child, one of my favorite memories was attending the Christmas Eve midnight service. This service was not like the early Christmas Eve services; the lights were turned down, familiar carols were sung, and there were thousands of candles. There was a certain point in the service where the ushers would pass thin white candles through the pews. One year while we were seated in the back of the church, my brother Mike and I were impatiently waiting for the light to be passed to us. My mom, who always wisely sat between us, told us to watch the light be passed from the Christ candle to each person’s individually. She went on to say, “you see as someone lights your candle, theirs does not lose any light. It actually gets brighter. Just like when you share God’s love with others, you don’t lose light, you actually shine brighter.” Sure enough, the moment her candle lit mine the yellow glow got a little brighter.
During the holiday season it is easy for our lights to become dim and flickering, waiting for a wind to put it out. We rush and hurry about, often feeling like we have nothing left at the end of the day to give. Jesus reminds us in gospel of Matthew that “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14 NIV) Now that the Holidays are behind us, what are some ways you can share your light with others?


One response to “You are the Light

  1. This is a beautiful, beautiful post… I can envision the scene perfectly and it gives me chills. I remember attending candlelit Christmas Eve masses and it was such an incredible experience. I really enjoyed reading this…

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