Blackout

bigstock-Flashlight-In-Dark-4983806Blackouts. They send us scrambling for light. Flashlights with weak batteries, candles from the drawer, or the gas fireplace if it’s wintertime. We gather together and hover around the light. We huddle up, we talk, we muse.

Why?

Fear? No, it’s not like we’re sleeping with the lights on night after night.

Electronic dependency? We draw together when our virtual worlds shut down? Perhaps.

It’s a good thing whatever the cause. Something to reflect on this season.

Light touches everything we do during the holidays. Christmas lights. Advent candles. Bright against the darkness of winter’s early evenings. An eternal contrast. The Christmas story itself glows with light:

  • Angelic appearances
  • God’s glory illuminating grassy fields full of sheep
  • A star

Light. The Light. The Light who came not only to pierce the darkness but also to defeat it—permanently—in a clash of kingdoms.

Why?

Because mankind needed a rescue from its own personal blackout:

. . . giving thanks to the Father, who qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:12-14 NIV)

So huddle up in front of the fireplace. Plug in your Christmas lights and light some scented candles. Turn off the electronics and think. Think about life without light. Life without Him. Think about a permanent blackout versus a time limit for evil and a reckoning day.

Reflect, muse, and wonder.

And pass it on.

Questions:

What is your favorite light at Christmas? Tree décor, yard lights, constellations?

Why is light a bigger deal at Christmas versus summertime?

Contrast light and dark. What things do you think of?

Consider an Advent wreath this year.

Whose holiday can you brighten this season?

Tweetables:

Mankind needed a rescue from its own personal blackout, says Gayle @gveitenheimer. Click to tweet. 

The Light came not only to pierce the darkness, but also to defeat it–permanently. Gayle @gveitenheimer Click to tweet.

Think about a permanent blackout versus a time limit for evil and a day of reckoning. Gayle @gveitenheimer Click to tweet.

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