“These Christmas Lights” Christmas Devotional

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Alexis has a Master's degree from Denver Seminary and a Bachelor's degree from Colorado Christian University. She has been in professional ministry for over 15 years. She has served in ministry positions such as co-pastor, youth minister, and spiritual director.
She is a mom, wife, and passionate believer that Jesus changes everything.
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December 14

“These Christmas Lights” by Matt Redman

All the lights, shining brightly

As the choir of, angels sing

Singing praise, now in the highest

At the birth of, Christ the King

Yes all the lights, are shining brightly

As the choir of, angels sing

Singing praise, now in the highest

At the birth of, Christ the King

Open my eyes; O heart believe

The wonder of, that Christmas night

Be born in me

Sing again, the sacred song of

How that star lit, up the sky

And how this world, lost in the darkness

Felt the hope of, Heaven’s light

Open my eyes; O heart believe

The wonder of, that Christmas night

Be born in me

Open my eyes; O heart believe

The wonder of, that Christmas night

Be born in me

All the lights are, shining brightly

At the glory, of the King

All the lights are, shining brightly

For the glory, of Your Name

All the lights are, shining brightly

At the glory, of the King

All the lights are, shining brightly

For the glory, of Your Name

We hold a flame, in our hearts now

Say a prayer that, in this world

All these lights, these Christmas lights will

Shine for You, and You alone

You alone …

All the lights are, shining brightly

At the glory, of the King

All the lights are, shining brightly

For the glory, of Your Name

Lord all the lights are, shining brightly

For the glory; of Your Name

Oh let them shine, let them shine

For the glory of Your Name …

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Today’s Devotion

I love the imagery of God as light, so much so that my daughter is named after this idea – “Lucy” which means “light.” And at Christmas there is a lot of light! We decorate our trees, rooms, houses with Christmas lights. When my son was just weeks old, he loved laying under the Christmas tree and swinging upward with his tiny arms at the Christmas lights. We are instinctively attracted to light! It helps us see and gives us an ability to navigate.

And that is what we desperately need, a way to navigate. We live in a dark world, a place that is operated in darkness with evil as its lord. However, since Jesus came, he showed us that he penetrates the darkest places and shines his light where darkness cannot hide.

We wanted to share some amazing Scripture about the light that is Jesus:

Matthew 5:14-16 NIV

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (This is my Lucy’s Scripture she’s named after)

John 1:1-5 NIV

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 8:12 NIV

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 12:35-36 NIV

35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

1 John 1:5-7 NIV

5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Luke 11:33-36 NIV

33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”

Revelation 21:22-27 NIV

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

I wanted to share these beautiful scriptures with you so that you may drink in the depth of just what Christ’s light means. As you see Christmas lights while driving around, entering shopping places, or even your own home, remember just who it is that is being celebrated when we see those lights. For this is the King of kings, our Savior, the Messiah.

Prayer

Jesus,

Thank you for bringing your light to this world. Thank you for repelling darkness and showing the world what truth, goodness and love really is. Help me to bear your light to the world, so your message is penetrated to all peoples. That can only happen as I grow closer and closer to you. May I stay close to you all my days, for your light is how I see and keeps me from all danger. Thank you for giving me sight, a way to see in this world. Amen.

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