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Seeds of the Kingdom

Christmas Lights

by Tanya Person

22 December 2021

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“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Matthew 5:14-16, NLT

I love the Christmas season, with all the decorations and lights! It’s so cheerful and brings joy to my heart.

Thinking about the Christmas lights reminded me of our scripture for today. God has created us to be lights that shine for Him. It’s not to draw attention to ourselves but rather to bring glory to the Father, who created us.

I know in this season many people have a lot of stress, as they try to do all the things they feel they need to do to make this a perfect Christmas for their families. There is stress sometimes caused by the financial strain, and sometimes from strained relationships. There can also be sadness for those who have recently lost a loved one, who will be greatly missed at this time of celebration.

In the midst of this atmosphere, God is calling us to be lights that point to Him. We are celebrating the birth of Jesus, who came to earth and showed us how to live. He came as the light of the world and then He left His disciples to be the light of the world. Let us continue to shed His light to all around us. Let’s not cover the light with the cares and concerns of this world. Let’s celebrate the eternal light, Jesus, this season.

Tanya Person Tanya and her husband, Jim, were missionaries to Hungary for over 18 years. They have worked with Ellel since 2005. After serving in various positions with Ellel in Central and Eastern Europe, God led them back to the United States, where they are now serving with the Ellel USA team. They have a passion to see leaders restored, the church discipled and walking in God’s fullness of life and freedom, and for mentoring the existing and developing team. Tanya also enjoys crocheting and knitting in her free time and has written some children’s picture books.

 

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