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  • Renée Coventry

Reflections at Christmas 4

John 1:4, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

Death and darkness. The two seem to go hand-in-hand, and accompanying them is fear. It always seems colder in the dark, where not even shadows exist, and determining direction has become a guessing game – left is right, and right is left. Good has become evil, and evil has become good. You long for signs of life and warmth and light.

And then in the distance, a Light appears. As a mere speck on a canvas of black at first, hope ignites your heart. Perhaps somewhere life does exist on this planet. As you begin to focus on the light, you see that it is not only a word but the Word. A living, breathing Word that awakens you and your eyes are opened to the reality of Him in His fulness. You can see! No longer do death and destruction reign. They have been dethroned by life and growth. The Light has given you sight in living-color where fear and shadows flee at His brightness.

Not only can you see, but you are also enveloped in warmth. You are safely ensconced within Him, living in the Word. The cold, frigid places of your being are thawing, and you are tingling with new life. You now know the definition of life – it is Him. This is the place you belong: abiding in the Word.

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