'The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.' John 1:5
These words are familiar to many people and are often used at Carol services. <span style="font-size: 1rem;">Everyone can relate to these words, everyone knows what it's like to have 'darkness' in their lives. Perhaps the loss of a friend or a loved one, perhaps bad news about your health, or financial concerns. Perhaps its a feeling of darkness caused by anger or jealousy or resentment, or maybe its from your mental state. </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">Equally, we can all relate to the feeling of relief and hope and joy some good news can bring to such situations. Maybe you are waiting for the' light' to come into your darkness. I pray for you at this challenging time.</span>
But how incredibly relevant this verse is for the year we have been to together!
How often recently have you heard people saying 'this is going to be a very dark winter', referring to the restrictions on gathering with our friends and loved ones due to Covid-19. Some of us will have been sick with this terrible virus. Some of us may have lost loved ones already to it. Any of us could be struck down by it. In these cold, dark winter days, when light and joy can seem scarce any year, the winter of 2020 into 2021 promises to be the darkest most of us can remember.
But Jesus, the light of the world, came into our dark world that first Christmas to disburse the darkness of separation from God due to our selfishness and going through life without him. This winter, this Christmas, Jesus longs for us to invite him, the light, into our lives, to bring his light of joy, peace, love and eternal life.
Why not invite Jesus into your life right now. Do contact me if you need help and encouragement.
Meanwhile, why not join in with our 'Light in the Darkness'. campaign this winter.
Let's show our hope for the future by simply putting extra outdoor lights outside our homes, shops, businesses, churches, community area etc to shine into the darkness of winter 20/21.
Let's put these lights on through December and January and even through February until the lighter days return.
You can show you are part of this by downloading the logo attached below and putting this in your window. Or you can collect an A5 card from St Pauls to put in your window on Tuesdays between 12 and 2pm (Covid safe)
Let's stand together this winter and encourage one another. And may Jesus shine into the darkness for us.