Light Coming Into the World
By Dale Tucker
John 1:4-5 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood.
John 8:12 He said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
Matthew 5:14, 16 You are the light of the world...let your light shine before men
Take a close look at the half dome above the choir loft. What appears to be simply decorative scroll work is actually an intricate display of candles. Then let your eyes drop down a bit further and you will see a solid band of what seems at first to be grooves but is actually candles.
Candles have played an important role in our worship services. The children or other designated party bring a lit taper down the aisle to light the candle at the front to symbolize the coming of Jesus into the worshiping community. We utilize candles in our Advent wreath symbolizing the progress of His coming and our expectation of what that means in our lives.
Have you ever been in a totally darkened room or cave and then someone lights a candle and the darkness is dispelled? While we may wonder at our effectiveness as followers of Christ, remember the impact of one small light in a darkened space. We are to let our lights shine, just as Jesus brought light into the world.
Some Christians light candles on All Souls Day in memory of a departed loved one. Hospice often conducts services of remembrance during which friends and family light candles in memory of the loved one who is "gone from our sight." The "cloud" of candles in the CHBC sanctuary may be significant in that regard, especially when one recognizes that two funeral urns stand atop columns at the front of the church.
Lord, may we let our light shine as Jesus taught us. Amen