Light—the inexplicable yet beautiful part of creation that scientists still have not been able to permanently classify. The innocent symbol of peace and warmth in our lives. The centrality of Christ’s ever-enduring message.
“The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.” ~Isaiah 9:2, NKJV
Christmas, the holy day so recently come and gone, is first and foremost the light of Christ’s hope, the one that endures year after year. For when Santa flees the season with his reindeer, when the children unwrap their presents, when all the merriness fades into the mundane, all that remains is Christ’s glorious light. It begs to be let in, it begs to be pursued, it begs to be loved—and we were created to love Him.
This is what brings us to my good friend Hannah’s lovely poem of the Wise Men, compelled to follow the gleaming star—the temporary flame fearlessly guiding the searching men to the Light of the world. I know you’ll be encouraged by every word.
Many of you have probably heard
The story in God’s written word
Of the Magi, who from the east came
To see God’s Son, who was the bane
Of sin and death, and darkness too.
A darkness that inhabits both me and you.
A star showed the Magi their way,
So respect to the King they could pay.
Over a house, this star it shone,
Where Jesus lived, though not His home.
Magi guided by a star,
Guided by light, as Christians are.
The Light whom we are predestined to follow,
Cares for us even more than a sparrow,
For whom He provides every day.
It is He who shows us our way.
First though, the Light must
Reveal the darkness in each of us.
For in order for us to come to Him,
We must realize we are filled with sin.
When all worldly hope is gone,
Then we can come before His throne.
Repenting of sin we come to Him,
Believing in His sacrifice and resurrection,
Proclaim our faith in the Light we will.
He our softened hearts will till.
Given faith by Him, then justified
By following Him we are sanctified.
He is the Light that leads to God
With His gospel our feet are shod.
Chosen by the LORD to know and love Him,
The Light comes to dwell within
All of those on whom He has shone
So we may see Him on His throne.
Snyder, John. Behold Your God: Rethinking God Biblically: Daily Devotional Workbook: The Twelve-Week Study Companion to Rethinking God Biblically. 3rd ed., Media Gratiae, 2013.
Before I officially sign off from Defy Augury for the year 2017, I’d like to extend a special thanks to those who have loved on me all throughout my writing and blogging life, especially to:
-Katherine Forster, who answered my questions about blogging and helped me launch Defy Augury. You’ve been wonderful.
-Hannah and Julia, the best iron-sharpeners, sisters in Christ, and guest posters:)
-My greatest writing teachers (Shakespeare, Austen, Hawthorne, Poe, Metaxas, Koukl, Tozer, Lewis, Chesterton…and a host of others) and my ultimate Author, all of whose writings compel me to carry on their literary legacies.
-The students and teachers of the Young Writers Workshop (YWW). Speaking of YWW (I’ve previously discussed the organization here), registration opens in January 2018. If you are a Christian teen and a lover of writing, I would love to see you join and highly recommend it!
As 2017 winds down, I hope you will find the rest and peace of God’s good love following you into the next year and the next life. Merry Christmas—and happy New Year!
December 29, 2017