John 8: 12
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.
When my mom passed away this year, I got back the artwork I’d given her over the years. One of them was a cross. My husband took the piece of art and lit up the cross. It now hangs in our living room.
It now lights my way in our darkened living room as I make my way to bed.
That may not seem like a big deal to most of you but it’s sort of a big deal for me. I have bilateral brain tumors that I’ve been living with for more than ten years. One of the results is that I have a compromised balance system all the time. But in the dark, it’s much worse. In the dark, I can come to a complete standstill. Or I can lose my balance and fall. Stumbling is a given.
So every night, I either have to walk over turn on a light by the bedroom and then turn off the main lights or I would have to stumble my way to the bedroom in the dark.
Now I shut off the lights and keep my eyes on the lit cross as I make my way to the bedroom. No stops and starts. No stumbles. No falling. Why? Because I keep my eyes on the lighted cross.
It’s not the biggest problem in my life, but that lighted cross makes the last few minutes of my day go a little smoother—a little easier. Not to mention, it puts a smile on my face as I remind myself, Jesus is with me always.
One night as I was walking through the darkened room focusing on the cross, I realized that’s what Jesus can do for each of us. He can light up the darkness around us so we don’t stumble, fall, or falter.
Life with Jesus isn’t problem-free, but he does light our path to make the journey smoother—a little easier. It’s our choice. We can focus on the darkness or keep or eyes on the Light of the World—Jesus.
I know that for many people the Christmas season isn’t joyous or even an easy one. It often magnifies loneliness and sadness because of the loss of loved ones that that we can’t share the season with any longer.
My prayer for all of us this Christmas is to keep our focus on the Cross—on the Light of the World—on Jesus. His light will brighten our path, make our journey smoother and a little less sad or lonely.
The choice really is ours.
Focus on the Light or focus on the darkness.
Which will you choose?