Friday, 5 December 2014

Advent day 5. Let your light shine – you can't be serious!

Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old. Luke 1: 6-7

It’s all we know about Elizabeth. It was probably all other people thought they needed to know. Oh Elizabeth … ‘righteous’, ‘observing’, ‘blamelessly’, ‘but’. I guess the full-stop after ‘childless’ and ‘well advanced in years’ acted like an eclipse over all her great qualities.

I wonder what’s in danger of eclipsing yours?

It’s interventions like this, the one true living God in the lives of ordinary people like us, which need a bigger profile in the ‘Christmas story’. “The light shines in the darkness’ is not an announcement of some divine light bulb switching on, to shine searchlight like from a distance, but light with us, in us.

Let your light shine on me – will you pray that today?

Don't live with a full-stop.

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