Scripture: Psalm 27
Key verse: (1) The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Reflection: It’s Christmas Eve. In worship today we will light our candles to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. As the room darkens, the candlelight will shine across all of those faces.
One Christmas when I was growing up, my mother received a Clairol makeup mirror as a gift. Maybe it was from my dad?! The makeup mirror had two rows of lightbulbs on either side of a center mirror. At the bottom was a dial to turn to choose a filter for the lightbulbs. There were four settings for the light – daylight, office, home and candlelight. The candlelight setting softened the bulbs with a warm hue. The mirror was still illuminated but the little wrinkles and defects were no longer obvious. Every face seems more beautiful in candlelight!
How perfect that we light candles today! The beauty of God shines in the baby Jesus born long ago in Bethlehem. God’s beauty also shines through each of us with our unique gifts, experiences and quirks. God’s beauty shines through the gathered community as we lift our voices together to sing praises to God. For a moment our defects aren’t quite as obvious. God chose to become flesh and live among us. Our faces glow with the good news that we are loved by God. I bet, when God looks at us, the dial is always set on candlelight!
Prayer: Love has come and never will leave us!
Love is life everlasting and free.
Love is Jesus within and among us.
Love is the peace our hearts are seeking.
Love! Love! Love is the gift of Christmas.
Love! Love! Praise to you, God on high. Amen.
(prayer is verse three of hymn #110 Love Has Come, in Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal)
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].