The gifts of God for the people of God

As we prepare to enter the holy season of Advent and Christmas, I think of that phrase within the Communion service that describes the bread and wine at the communion table as the gifts of God and us as the people of God. We belong to God; we are God’s people. This is a truth that we often take for granted.

During the days of Advent, the actual hours and minutes of daylight decrease until December 21, the shortest day of the year! From then on, light increases, slightly each day, until the longest day of the year, June 21. This is a cosmic illustration of the constant tension between darkness and light. Darkness is often the symbol for a state of confusion, doubt, fear, being lost; and light; the joy of seeing clearly, knowing, faith and love. When things are the darkest (actually and metaphorically) the light, even just a little one, makes all the difference in the world. Light is hope, faith and love, all those things we long and hope for. Light in its many forms is the gift of God for the people of God.

As you enjoy the beautiful displays of lights throughout this season, think of the true light given to us the people of God by our loving God:

The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light, those who have dwelt in a land of deep darkness on them a light has shined— Isaiah 9:2

In him (Jesus Christ) was the life and the life was the light of the world. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.— John1:4&5

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!— The children and congregation of First U.C.C. November 9, 2014

Pastor Rich