Tonight in worship we turned off the overhead lights and sang “Silent Night” by candlelight. This is peaceful and soul filling. This is why I go to the Christmas Eve service whenever possible.
Speaking of light, although I understand Christ came to be light in the world, I can’t help but consider the pain light can be for me with migraines. Florescent lights are painful without a migraine and near debilitating with one.
I enjoy the dark of night with limited or low light. At home I get around in the dark with ease because it’s familiar. In hotels and at retreats, I learn quickly to get around in the dark not only to attempt to allow my house mates to continue sleeping peacefully, but to protect my eyes from potential pain.
On the Eve of Christmas as we await the Saviour, I am all the more comforted in faith that He comes to soften the edges of the overbearing rules, that He is a gentle and guiding light offering hope to those in need. His light feels like a campfire or candle in the window: Warm and welcoming.
May your Christmas be filled with warmth and wonder, hope and health, peace and possibility.