Facing The Darkness And Finding The Light

I don’t know about other preachers but I find, at times such as Christmas, there is a reoccurring theme throughout my preaching.  During Christmas 2019, that theme has been “darkness and light”.  I have found that there have been two verses in particular that have really spoken to me;

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light (Isaiah 9 vs. 2)

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. (John 1 vs. 9)

Maybe it is a subconscious thing.  For our family 2019 has not been the best of years. I have felt, at times, as though I have had to face a tremendous amount of personal darkness.  If I expressed 2019 in five words it would be “thank goodness it is over!”

I think most Christians recognize that, our celebration of the birth of Jesus, is at the wrong time of year.  We do not know, exactly, when Jesus birthday really was.  I have heard explanations of anywhere between June and September. We also accept that, as the Church wanted to celebrate the incarnation it “bolted” Christmas on to an already existing festival.  However, I have come to realise, that this “bolting on” was more than mere convenience, it was / is symbolically important.  The darkest time of year, when we face the darkness we find the light of Christ is there.  That is, surely, the hope of the Christian faith

When we face the darkness, we find the light

Yes 2019 was not the best of years and, to borrow a phrase, it was our annus horribilis but, there were chinks of light that gave cause for hope.  Perhaps, it’s my thinking that needs to be challenged, instead of focussing on the darkness I need to focus, instead, on the light.  Perhaps there is something there for all of us.

May I take this opportunity to wish you a happy and joyous New Year.  May 2020 be a blessed and peace filled New Year. But, if it isn’t, may you face the darkness and find the light of Christ is there for you may, as the Apostle John says,

The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not overcome it (John 1 vs. 5)

3 thoughts on “Facing The Darkness And Finding The Light

  1. Thank you Sean,As always you bring us backto the only ONE who can bring us the light and gives us hope for the future.Thank you for your encouragement.God Bless all and Blessings for the New Year

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