From the pastor's pen...
Dear Church Family,
Many people don’t like the darkness. Darkness can be frightening. Darkness can be dangerous. Darkness can make it impossible to see. Imagine the darkness in times before the development of electricity. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah describes the people of Israel as walking in total darkness. Ancient people were well familiar with physical darkness, but Isaiah understood the people’s darkness in a spiritual sense as well.
We, too, have experienced a great deal of darkness this past 21 months. Although conditions have improved, effects of the Covid 19 pandemic persist. Life is not yet back to “normal.” Depression, anxiety, loneliness, precautions, protocols, illness and death still persist. There’s still a feeling of being stuck in the darkness.
In the gospel of John, Jesus states, “I am the light of the world.” At Christmas time, we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the coming of the light. So light is an important symbol at Christmas. We light candles; we put lights in our windows, in our homes, and on our Christmas trees.
Jesus said, “He that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Christ promises us that there will always be light in the darkest times of our lives.
Our much-loved song by our friend Ken Hastie says, “I feel your light, Lord, shining on me.” So walk with us this Christmas. Feel the light of Jesus Christ in our lives.
And join me in saying: Joy to the world! The light has come!
In Christ's service,
Rev. Dawn Seaman