It’s cold outside. Some people really like the changing seasons, the constant revolution of cold to warm to hot and back. Some of us like that, in theory, until it actually gets cold. And now, it’s cold outside.
Cold slows things down. It becomes harder to talk and move. Anything that requires fine motor skills is much more difficult. Just ask someone who has to work in the cold and use tools.
Winter and its cold temperature can also aggravate the emotional cold a lot of people are feeling. Cold makes the body slow down. Emotional cold makes the heart and will slow down. Depression becomes a real threat at this time of year. The longer periods of darkness, the cold temperatures and the stress and pressure of holiday demands can send a struggling soul into a deep pit of sadness from which it feels impossible to escape.
John begins his gospel story of Jesus by saying that Christ, “the Word,” existed from the beginning with God and that He brought light into our cold, dark world. Then John says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).
The message of the gospel brings light into a dark and depressing world. And that light has the power to overcome darkness and depression, even in winter.
In the gospel we learn that we have forgiveness from God. Our worst mistakes can be forgiven. We don’t have to live in shame. In the gospel we learn that God is God and we are not. We are set free from running the universe. We can leave that in God’s hands. In the gospel, we learn that we have a purpose to fulfill in God’s plan. In the gospel we learn that we are not alone. That God loves us and promises to hear and answer our prayers.
These are some of the ways that the Light, Christ Himself, shines in the darkness. The Light of Christ, the true light of Christmas, always overcomes the darkness. Allow Him to light your darkness this winter.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC