For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. — 2 Corinthians 4:6

December. Winter has come in all its blustery glory. It's cold and dark. If it weren't for the Christmas season, December would be downright dreary. But few think of this month as a bleak time, because everywhere we look lights shine through the darkness, carols are being sung about a blessed  gift of love, and people seek to find—and share—the true meaning of Christmas.

Indeed, God made His light shine out of darkness by sending Christ. Hopeless without Him, we now have a hope and a future because of Him. But the light doesn't end with our salvation. No, that's just the glorious beginning. Once Christ's light has spread its warmth into our lives, we're to carry that light into the dark places of this world. His love in us, not electric Christmas lights, will illuminate all in our paths. When we carry that light well, others will be drawn to the sweet comfort of His wisdom, His compassion, and His love in our hearts. And their hearts will be kindled, and on and on until the entire world shines with His glory.At least, that's how it should be.

Let's pray:

Dear Father, help me to do my part in carrying the light of Your love into this world. I want to shine for You and spread the warmth of Your kindness, compassion, and acceptance to those around me. Amen.