A Devotion for The Eighth Day of Christmas & New Years, January 1, 2018
Read John 1:10-17
“To all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God . . . And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” John 1:12, 14
The following quotation from Jose Rizal reminds me that each of us has the power to turn back darkness. We hold the power to increase light and hope for others. A single candle he says, added to another and another can change the world.
“A Candle is a small thing.
But one candle can light one another.
And as it gives its flame to other,
see how its own light… increases!
You are such as a light.
Light is the power to dispel darkness.
“You have this power to move back the darkness in yourself and in others–with the birth of light created when one mind illuminates another, when one heart kindles another, when one (person) strengthens another.”
“And its flame also enlarges within you as you pass on! Throughout the history, . . . Children of Darkness have tried to smother this passage of light from (person to person) Throughout the history; Dictators, large and small, have tried . . . to darken, . . . to diminish, . . . and to separate (people) by force! But . . . always in the end, . . . they fail!”
“For always somewhere in the world the Light remains! … ready to burn its brightest where it is dark; … a Light that began when God created the world! To do our daily part to increase this Light, We must remember that a candle alone . . . is a small thing, a (person) alone . . . is a small thing, and a nation alone . . . is a very small thing.”
“Remembering this . . . , We must recognize something much more than our indispensability to others. We must also remember their indispensability to us.”* Jose Rizal
Jesus came as light, to share the light and to spread that light through us. In Christ we received the power to become children of God. We received the power to live the life Jesus showed us how to live. Jesus said, “You are the Light of the World.” Matthew 5:14. In those words he asked us to be people reflecting our lights into the dark places, to be people who care enough to reach out to those in need. To love, even as we have been loved in Jesus.
Prayer: God of Hope and New Beginnings, as we begin this New Year, may we open our hearts to receive you and accept our place as your children in this world. May our lives reflect your light to all we encounter. Amen.
Additional Advent & Christmastide Devotions can be found by clicking here: Advent & Christmastide Devotions
*Jose Rizal is a national hero in the Philippines. He encouraged the people to be a light for each other. A gifted writer and poet, in his poem “The Eternal Light” he showed his people a way to be that light.