Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
~ James 1:17-18 (NIV)
“Two hundred fifty strands of lights, one hundred individual bulbs per strand, for a grand total of twenty-five thousand imported Italian twinkle lights,” Clark Griswold proudly proclaims in the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie. Eyes wide with expectation he stands, hand paused for the grand plug-in. A drum roll from the family, and Clark’s excitement soon vanishes as the plug-in result was a total disappointment; void of any lights at all.
The movie is funny because we can relate. We go out into life with our plans of expectation, but only too many times, we have our hopes and dreams dashed. Christmas tends to be a season, where we usually are a little less impressed than we had hoped. Maybe a gift we gave was not exactly right, or the gift we received was not what we had hoped. The children played with their toys all of five minutes, then grew disinterested. We burned the turkey, or the cake fell. We did not get a telephone call from a loved one. We were lonely and a little sad. We build up these grandiose ideas in our minds, only to be a little disenfranchised by the outcome.
One thing we can count on being perfect is the gift God gave us. He is the creator of all the lights in the sky, and He gave us the light of the world, Jesus. The birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, was a gift that did not disappoint. He came to give us redemption and life everlasting. The story never changes. His light has no shadows, never fades, and never ceases to shine. God showed us through this gift that we were the most important of all that He created.
When Clark plugged in the extension cord, there was nothing, because the source of electricity had been turned off. When we plug into God, through the conductor of light, Jesus Christ, we also become a conductor of His power and might. We too will be an illumination of Him. When we step into eternity, we can do it with great expectation, because the imagination of our minds will probably not suffice the amazing glory of it all. There will be no need for twenty-five thousand imported Italian twinkle lights, because the light of the world will shine for all to see.
As streets fill with shoppers Bright lights and tempting offers Christmas songs and children’s laughter, You lead us along a different path to a desert river and a Prophetic voice, a call to repentance, a call to service, a call to immerse ourselves in living water that will never run dry. A call to prepare a way in our own lives for the Saviour of the world to enter in to know the touch of tender mercy and rest in your forgiving love. For your faithful prophets and your Living Word we give you thanks. AmenIn Jesus,
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Two hundred fifty strands of lights, one hundred individual bulbs per strand, for a grand total of twenty-five thousand imported Italian twinkle lights.