This is the final week of advent, a word that means "coming" and is a time of preparation for the coming of the Christ child.
As we met on Christmas Eve we finally lit the final candle, the Christ candle and then we used that flame to pass from one to another the light of Christ. One of my favorite moments of the whole year is to stand together and hold the light of Christ high as we sing his praises as one.
I could talk about the light of Christ, but I would rather just leave you with the words written for us by the Apostle John in chapter one.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
My prayer for you this Christmas is that you would know the light of Christ, that it would light the way for your life and that you would proudly share that light with all who live in darkness that they too may know the one who can overcome the darkness.