300 Days for 300 Years: A Commemorative Devotional of the Presbytery of Philadelphia
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Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace, Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of Philadelphia

Gospel Reading: John 1:1-14

Christmas Day

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:5

This brief phrase has been the source of courage for faithful saints throughout Christian history. The image of light shining into the darkness of violence and fear has reassured millions that our lives are not defined by human brokenness. This ”God” light has allowed us to see with eyes of faith what our human eyes cannot. It is this light that has guided pilgrims to the infant child who grew up to redeem humanity.

Like you, I have learned to seek out this light during times when shadows threaten my hope and visibility. The light I have come to cherish however is neither stagnant nor white, as portrayed in many paintings. The light of Christ is like the aurora borealis. It’s a light that surprises and cannot be contained. It is a light dancing in the many colors of creation. It is a light whispering and singing in the night. I love the image of this light shining in the darkness – leading and taking our spirits into places of unimaginable hope.

As we celebrate this Christmas on our 300th year, may our witness reflect the uncontainable light of Christ – moving and singing within us – inviting the world to join God’s dance of hope.

On this Christmas help us be mindful of our call to be bold bearers of the Christ light that continues to break into the darkness. Amen.