December 11, Friday                       Children of Light

John 12:35-36 NRSV)

Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.

So that you may become children of light…

After the annual time change in November, we find ourselves in a season of darkness. By the time we come home in the evening, it’s dark. Gone are the evening opportunities to sit outside in the lingering daylight. Darkness is our constant companion for the long, arduous winter months ahead.

Then comes Christmas, like a bright light at the end of a dark, depressing tunnel, giving us a respite from the long days of winter. Christmas comes just as the winter season is beginning. The nights become longer and longer. Colder weather keeps us bundled up and close to the fire. Christmas brings candlelight, gatherings full of family and friends, and strands of lights in every color imaginable.

Jesus stands in a crowd. He’s trying to convey to the women, little boys, old men, the toddlers, who are listening intently, that he will be leaving soon. Jesus tells them that the light will only be present a little while longer. The darkness won’t overtake you, if you bask in his light while he is still here. Trust in the light while there is time, because if you are walking in darkness with no light, you cannot see where to go. Jesus urges them to become children of the light.

The people in the crowd would soon be in a season of darkness once Jesus left. Just as Christmas is a brief moment of light in a season of darkness, so was the ministry of Jesus. Jesus came to be THE LIGHT. If Jesus’ followers chose to follow in his steps, live life as he lived, then they would be living in the Light as well. We, too, can be children of the Light. If we are peace in a chaotic world, if we are mercy in a world of judgment, if we are a glimmer of hope in this world of hopelessness, then we are living as children of the Light. We are leaning into the calling Jesus has placed onto our lives as followers of his way, as followers of his light.

Reflection
How can we be the Light in our world? Our country? Our neighborhood?

Prayer
God of Light. You came to show us your truth, your grace, and peace by the Light of your Son. Let us live into your calling, as your children, to be bearers of this Light in our world, in our homes, and in our neighborhoods.  Amen.

By Tiffany Pickett, 2013 Logue Scholarship recipient
McAfee School of Theology graduate
Admissions Counselor, Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge

 

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