One of my favorite Christmas traditions has always been Christmas Eve candlelight services. Singing carols late into the darkness of the evening, watching the light of one small candle spread through a crowd, the glow of candlelight increasing as it is shared with each member holding a candle of their own. In these moments the words at the beginning of John’s gospel often come to mind:
In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Every year, these actions and words intertwine and fill my heart with hope. Hope for a world full of light rather than darkness. I am reminded that the light is not overcome by the darkness, that the light will continue to shine. This light brings life to all people.