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Providing light in the darkness

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Maybe it was because our son James booked us into a fancy hotel for Thanksgiving, but when I turned on that hotel bathroom light right before I went to bed, it didn’t stay on.

Normally the bathroom lights in hotels stay on all night, so I can zip in and out of the bathroom when I wake up and need to go. Instead, I fumbled my way into the bathroom that night, worried that I would run into something or trip. After all, light in the darkness is important for us humans.

This experience reminds me of how God is aware of our limitations and provides for them. Indeed, the Bible tells us, “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night…Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule by day, and the lesser light to rule at night. He made the stars also” (Genesis 1:14-16).

The moon can be especially pretty during the fall season, when it becomes full and orange, and is known as the “harvest moon.” The nighttime sky in the fall and winter appears different, too — especially with the constellation Orion twinkling and bright.

But God went beyond the standard moon and stars when the time for the birth of Jesus Christ approached. He created a new star in the East, as scripture tells us: “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:1-2). This amazing star was created by God for this occasion and was evidently seen only by these men.

Later, Jesus described Himself as “the light of the world” (John 8:12). In a few weeks we’ll celebrate His birth. In the meantime, let’s celebrate the light God provides us in the darkness.

Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.

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