THIS CHRISTMAS: Unwrapping the Names of Jesus

LIGHT OF THE WORLD

God,

The colorful lights of Christmas are glorious and beautiful and intriguing! I love to look at them because they bring me so much joy in this season. But God, they are not the true light; your son is. He came into our darkness to bring us sight, warmth, and life.


Let me look past the commercial lights this Christmas season. Their bright colors grab at my attention. But let me look past the glitter and the flash, which are small and temporary, so I can truly see the light of your love which is deep, powerful, and eternal. I want to see you.

More than this, God, let me be a conduit of your true light so that other see you when they look at me.

Your light in my life will show the good things you’re growing in me. It will also reveal the things I’m not proud of, things I wish would remain hidden. I want to be bold and courageous to run toward your light, not away from it. I want the healing and redemption your light brings. Help me to have faith that your light will not destroy me or humiliate me by revealing those things, but will actually destroy those things, heal me, and set me free.

In the name of Jesus, the Light of the World, Amen.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12, NIV