Journeying with Light

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At the start of a New Year when it’s really just another day but we intend to find a new page to start afresh I find myself thinking about what that new start was like for Jesus and His family.  The last month or so has been busy with travel, meeting people and celebrating and embracing more change. It was like this for Mary and Joseph. The journey of about 85 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem would have taken time.  Did they walk or could they afford a donkey? How comfortable would either option have been? Not an easy journey for a heavily pregnant women and no wonder she went into labour on arrival! How tense was their discussions: no hospital, midwife, pain relief or even a bed? Was Mary singing her song of thanks and feeling blessed then or pondering again what the angel had said to her?  Was Joseph really excited to see this baby that wasn’t his? Did they still have a positive attitude in the challenges of giving birth to Jesus? 
Yet In all the uncertainty, confusion and lack of room; in all the relationship conflict, unwelcome hospitality; in all the unfamiliar circumstance and lack of provision for new life, Jesus came. the Light of the world birthed into darkness. God’s Light piercing the darkness of our humanity.
Then more light when the host of Angels visit the darkness of the fields where the shepherds were. Again the celebrations began in the out of the way places, on the outskirts where the rejected and lowly were. Angels lighting up the sky and the dark places with praise and worship announcing His arrival. The magi following  the light of the star bringing them direction so they could come and encounter Jesus too. Jesus the light of the world illuminating everything so they could find Him.
After a short rest this new family are back on the road, necessary to take that person of Light as the darkness of death tried to kill it as soon as it was born. Herod’s jealous and fear wanting to snuff out the light before it grew any bigger. Did Mary and Joseph feel blessed then? Or did anxiety flood them as they searched for safety? Did they expect protection and a smooth life because they were favoured and chosen? Aren’t we in the same situation as Mary and Joseph? Isn’t that what we all, always want? safety,  protection, new life, a place to belong? A home with the absence of fear?
But how would we know the light without the darkness? How could we experience His presence if we don’t make room? In all the cracks that emerge in our circumstance we can stand in the light and continue to nurture it. Did Mary and Joseph know where they were going when they left Bethlehem? Do we know what will work out this year ahead?  Does God show us what He is going to do or how He will do it? Or does He show us more of who He is?
then I read this:

I cannot tell you how the light comes. What I know is that it is more ancient than imagining. That it travels across an astounding expanse to reach us. That it loves searching out what is hidden, what is lost, what is forgotten or in peril or in pain. That it has a fondness for the body, for finding its way toward the flesh, for tracing the edges of form, for shining forth through the eye, the hand, the heart. I cannot tell you how the light comes, but that it does. That it will. That it works its way into the deepest dark that enfolds you, though it may seem long ages in coming or arrive in a shape you did not foresee.  And so may we this day turn ourselves toward it. May we lift our faces to let it find us. May we bend our bodies to follow the arc it makes. May we open and open more and open still to the blessed light that comes.

The life within was now without. God’s life incarnated before their eyes, Mary and Joseph carried Him, fought for Him, traveled for Him but most importantly WITH Him. In all the circumstance they had the Light present with them. The light making a way to grow in the darkness. So we must do the same journeying on with Jesus into all the dark places that present themselves and let the light in a little more:Letting  the Life He brings grow and flourish. Let’s open, open and open a little more so that the Light can come in and shine out.

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3 Responses to Journeying with Light

  1. simpletruth4today says:

    It is interesting to read your points of view on here although, perhaps points of view isn’t quite the right phrase to use here. We have read only a couple of your articles and have found them to be rich in understanding. We usually find ourselves walking cautiously on the internet as there are many many different forms of Christianity being expressed here but the initial impression of your writings here are that they are very rich and very colourful. In using the world colourful, we mean the more richer colours rather than the more shallow and lighthearted colours and flavours that people tend to present when they talk about Jesus. We don’t wish to make this comment about us but we instead are choosing to give you some sort of feedback. You obviously have an understanding of human affairs and the struggles that we are all having here and you have in this same sense, by what we’ve read, made it quite clear that our struggles are often with the darkness in pursuit of the light, whether we understand this to be our struggle or not. It is a shame that people might take one look at the words you say and run in the other direction; it is sometimes hard to understand how people can’t see value and even gold and even great worth in the words that a true Christian has spoken. You read as a true Christian and as a person coming from the heart and as a person who King Solomon spoke about when he said who can find a virtuous woman for her price is far above rubies. You have shared your riches here and your pearls and we would simply like to say that we have chosen not to trample them underfoot but instead to value the things that you say as being of great worth and even great help to those who would choose to take them at their full value. Stay Strong in Jesus!

    • How kind of you to leave such gracious and encouraging words. I appreciate them very much. I write much more than I share-in fact today I sat to write about the ‘Light of Life’ and how it happens within communion with Jesus. I felt prompted to stop, ‘don’t write words about it, receive words and the Word. Life will manifest’. I then received 2 letters in the post with the most precious, precious outcomes and blessing where God has been working. Then you post today and I can see God’s goodness: Light of His Life shinning out. Thank you for taking the time to write to me. God Bless

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