December 21- John 1:1-14
v.5 "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
Just one light can turn the terrors of night into a silly shadow puppet show. Our boys know this well. One of their bedtime routines is to recite, "Shadows are silly, and Ezra/Judah is strong, and Jesus will help me along." Occasionally, we will also make shadow puppets from bed.
Darkness can be scary, but shadows are truly silly. Shadows depend on the light and can be chased away or reshaped by the smallest movement of light.
The 23rd Psalm promises God's presence in the "valley of the shadow of death." The Gospel of John describes the coming of God's light into our world, into the gloomy recesses overshadowed by death and loss. "The light shines in the darkness , and the darkness has not overcome it."
When the world cries by night, “Where are you?”, Christ Jesus is the Father's response. "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (1:14). Word became flesh, like a parent announcing, "I'm here" and picking up their scared child.
The light of Christ reveals the shadows of sin and death for what they truly are: terrifying, but ultimately insubstantial and temporary invasions of God's good creation.
"And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light" (Revelation 22:5).
Gracious God, in your Son we have been given your voice connected with your touch. Grant us courage in the face of shadows and your light to guide our path. Amen.