"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (John 1:5).
At this time of year, there is more light in our homes than ever. We burn wonderfully scented candles and shiny ornaments reflect the strings of lights on our Christmas trees. There is more light outside, too. An evening walk takes us past brightly lit houses and yards. It's a good thing because there's a lot more night in the winter.
Yes, it seems like there is a lot more darkness in our world than ever. Bright moments in a world filled with news of shootings, fires, nuclear missiles, abuse, and lies seem few and far between. The lights we hang and the candles we light don't seem to touch that kind of darkness.
But we have something much better than wax and wicks and bulbs. We have God's Word, which is just like "a lamp shining in a dark place" (2 Peter 1:19). The promises of Jesus coming, the story of his birth, and the account of his death and resurrection bring a light that no darkness can overcome. It's like the dawning of a new day, and the night just doesn't stand a chance.
When you believe that God called you out of the darkness into his light, you've got a story to tell (1 Peter 2:9). It's the story of Jesus. Because of him there is more light than ever in our world!