Free Choice: Darkness or Light?

I love this time of year, all the prep work that goes into having another great Christmas with the family is amazing!  The Christmas carols are the super, the house smelling wonderful from all the treats you are baking and just the things we do each year to make it very special.  I had my oldest granddaughter, Bailey, over to bake yesterday and we had an awesome time.  It was so cute to see her face when her sugar cookies turned out tasty and knowing that her daddy was going to be very happy since these are his favorite from when he was a little boy.  Some of our boys never grow up and that is ok by me.  We had made butterscotch haystacks, sugar cookies, and just put the pumpkin bread in the oven and then after only 10 minutes…it happened.  The electricity went out…what…what on earth…checked all the breakers and it wasn’t a breaker, the entire neighborhood’s lights were out.  So, what do you do when you have no lights, and no electricity, you take your grandchildren and their dad to lunch.

Fortunately when I returned home, the electricity was back on and I was able to finish cooking the bread.  At that very moment I realized how much I take for granted.  How dark my home was and how really dark some areas of our world, in their own experiences, reflect so much on darkness.  I watched a movie yesterday “Women of the Bible” and those memories kept coming back to me.   Sarah in being told at her old age that she would have a baby.  Rahab, the prostitute, risking her own life to help the spies.  Elizabeth being told that she would have a child at her age.  Mary being told that she would give birth to the Messiah and that his name would be Jesus.  I could list more but I think you get the picture.  Do you think these ladies ever had any dark times?  Do you think any of them ever question the things they endured?  Do we ever question things ourselves?   Wow…I do it all the time.  I love the song “Mary, Did You Know” and how in that song, do you think Mary knew her son would be born a baby and come to save the world?  Mary was being obedient and even to Jesus’ death, but, it still had to hurt her, especially as a mom to experience such darkness.

Here is the good news, something came out of that horrible death of our Lord and Savior.  He died so that we could live!  What an incredible gift that is when we accept him as our Lord and Savior.  Have you done that?  Praise the Lord if you have!  If you haven’t, please plan on attending one of our Christmas Eve services tonight: 3:30pm, 5pm or 6:30pm and you will have the opportunity to accept Him as your Lord and Savior.    His gift is free to everyone.  No longer do you have to be in the dark.  He is full of light and life and wants us to be with Him in all eternity.

By the way, the pumpkin bread tasted good, but, it doesn’t look too good.  How are you doing today?  Are you good on the outside and not on the inside?  Jesus can change us from the inside out and I promise you, you will know Jesus as light and He is the only way to have that inner peace and comfort.

Have a wonderful Christmas, tell everyone you see “Merry Christmas” and treasure your gift of knowing the real reason for celebrating our Savior’s birth!   Luke 2:1-20

Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director

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