This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. – Children’s Hymn
Ever wake up in the morning and have a tune in your head you can’t get rid of? Well guess what happened to me this morning? Of all songs to be rattling around in my head given all the Christmas carols being broadcast and with all those Christmas specials on TV. This little tune is hardly identified with Christmas. But then again maybe it should.
Christmas is a time of lights. Here in Charlotte the latest craze is Christmas balls – lighted balls hanging from all the oaks up and down many of the residential streets. It really is fun to drive around at night especially with young children and how excited they get. The stories of Christmas are also resplendent with light – the star of David, the “night is filled with light,” “the light shone all around them,” “to give light to those who sit in darkness,” and Jesus is “a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for the glory to your people Israel.”
We light Christmas candles, advent candles, decorate our houses and trees with light, so it’s very easy to forget about the “light” that is the subject of our children’s hymn – “This little light of mine.” But perhaps during Christmas it the light we need to spend a little more thought and time considering. We each carry a “little light” – a gift from God that is unique and special. We need to consider how we let our light shine during Advent. Perhaps you have a beautiful voice? I certainly do not, but if you do consider sharing your gift with your family, friends, and neighbors. There are lots of opportunities. This morning meditate on your own “little light” and consider “letting it shine” its brightest this Advent.