From the Desk of Pastor Jamie…
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! There’s a chill in the morning air. People are headed to stores to find the perfect presents. My neighbors have decorated their homes with lights. Holiday parties abound.
Growing up, my family and I used to drive around town and look at houses decorated with Christmas lights. This year, my family and I went for a night drive. Instead of going to look at Christmas lights, we drove as far North as we could on Campbell Ave. The road raises in elevation, as it ends in the Catalina Foothills. This spot provides a magnificent view of the city of Tucson. For about 30 minutes, we pulled over and admired the city lights. Even though the night was dark, it was full of beautiful city lights as far as we could see to the east and to the west. Likewise, the stars were shining brightly above our heads.
The Gospel of John describes Jesus as one whose life brought light to everyone. This light is a kind of light that cannot be extinguished (John 1:4-5). Later in John’s Gospel, Jesus states that he is the light of the world and whoever follows him will never walk in darkness.
At Christmas, Jesus comes to be a light in a dark world. At Christmas time we even sing carols about Christ’s light. The Third verse of Silent night states, “Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light; Radiant beams from Thy Holy Face; With the dawn of redeeming grace; Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth!”
Furthermore, we often sing Hark the Herald Angels sing. One of the lyrics in this song states: “Hail! the heaven-born Prince of peace! Hail! the Son of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.”
We sing at Christmas because we have good news to sing about! Light has come into the world and we never have to walk in darkness again. Even in the darkest of nights, there is beautiful light shining around us.
So whether you find yourself in a place in life that is bright like the noon day sun or whether you find yourself in a dark night of the soul, may God’s light illuminate your heart and soul this Christmas season.
Merry Christmas, Catalina!
A brief ordination update: In my last article, I told you that I had turned in paperwork for the Board of Ordained Ministry. Since that time, the Board of Ordained Ministry has scheduled an interview with me on January 15. I appreciate your continued prayers and support as I continue to journey through this process.