26th December 2011

A Blaze In The Darkness

“In him was life, and that life was the light of all people.”
John 1:4 (TNIV)

Occasionally my family attend services at our local Anglican church, the most recent being last week when we went to their Christingle service. For those who don’t know or can’t remember, the service consists of prayers and songs that celebrate Christ as the light of the world.

During this service a Christingle light is assembled as follows:
First, you take an orange – symbolising the world
Then a strip of red tape placed round the middle of the orange – representing God’s love for the world;
Four cocktail sticks are then pushed into the orange – representing the four points of the compass;
On the cocktail sticks are placed raisins and jellied sweets – the fruits of the earth;
A piece of foil is then placed over a hole made in the top, into which a candle is inserted
The candle is the light of God;
The foil represents Christians – those who reflect Christ’s light;
A white card disc is placed under the foil which represents ‘health and safety’ – to stop wax dripping onto hands!

That evening, at home, we lit the candle and watched the flame for a short time. As we got on with the various tasks we needed to do, the candle burnt down lower and lower until, yes you guessed it, the disc of card caught fire, as did the fruit and sweets. So, it was quickly removed and placed under a running tap.

Of course, several points could be made about what happened, but I prefer this one:  While life goes on and things need to be done just to live, if we are not careful we may take our eye off the ‘light of the world’ – and we will miss the world being set alight by the power of the love of God!

Remember what Jesus said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Dear Father, thank you for the blazing light that you sent into the world – your one and only Son, Jesus. Open our eyes to see how he continues to shine, keeping us from stumbling when all else seems to be in darkness. And thank you Lord Jesus, for the light you bring to all of our lives.

Study by Rosemary Gent

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