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From  December's magazine:
The True Light


Are you SAD?

I don’t mean miserable or unhappy; I mean capital S, capital A, capital D – Seasonally Affected Disorder. It is caused by living through the dark winter months. It is not surprising that almost every society and religion around the world and through the ages has a festival or celebration to mark the winter solstice – the dark is going, the light is coming!

During the dark, dreary days of the wartime blackout a popular song declared “I’m going to get lit up when the lights go on in London” I am not an advocate of getting ‘lit-up’, but I can appreciate the sentiment.


  It is, perhaps, difficult for us in this 21st century age of light-pollution to realise how important and valuable light was for those to whom Jesus spoke, virtually unlimited electric light has completely changed our world and way of life. The flickering candle, the guttering oil-lamp or the glow of the domestic fire were poor substitutes for the sunshine. To us these have become just ornamental, so much so that we even have fake ones. Many of us have gas or electric fires that pretend to be coal or logs or table lamps shaped as oil lamps and there is a wide selection of candles that are actually battery lights.


   Jesus said,  ‘I am the Light of the world’; but the world is full of people seeking substitutes; substitutes every bit as unreal and unsatisfactory as the artificial lamps and candles.

  John has no story of the birth of Christ, but in the introduction to his gospel describes the coming of  Jesus as the coming of the true Light of the world. He writes of Christ: “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world” (John 1:9). Then later, as he records Jesus’ ministry, he tells us that our Lord declared,  “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12).

  All round the northern hemisphere at this time of the year, in almost every religion and culture there is a festival of light, it is the turning point of the year when the darkness of the night begins to shorten and the longer bright days of spring and summer are coming.So it should come as no surprise that the early Church chose this season to celebrate the birth of the Saviour and Light of the World.

For a Christian the lights should remind us to “walk in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7). The babe we see in the Nativity scene  is the dispeller of spiritual darkness, for he became the Light and Saviour of  the world.


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Thank you, God


And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10‭-‬11  AV)

  As you put up your Christmas tree, say "danke schön" to the Germans, for it was Prince Albert who popularised the custom that he knew in his native Germany. As you decorate your home with a poinsettia, say "gracias" to Mexico, where the plant originated. Say "merci beaucoup" to the French for the word Noel that we often use, say “diolch" to the Druids for your mistletoe and “thank you” to the Englishman Tom Smith for the crackers.

  But these and other customs which are part of the eclectic mix that make up the festivities pale into insignificance when we turn our thoughts to God. For it is to Him that our greatest Christmas thanks must go.From Him came the reason for the Christian's celebration: the baby born in that Judean manger more than 2,000 years ago. An angel announced the arrival of this gift to mankind by saying, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10‭-‬11 AV)

  This Christmas, exciting as the sparkling Christmas tree surrounded by newly opened presents is, the true excitement comes when we turn  to the babe whose birth we celebrate in this season, Jesus. He came to "save his people from their sins" (Matt. 1:21). His birth is not a tradition: it is the reason that we send praises to God for this indescribable Christmas gift.





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