New Light Brings New Sight
We continue our journey with many others in the East District as we read together chapters 17 & 17a in the devotional book by Brian McLaren, titled We Make the Road by Walking.
As you receive this newsletter it is Christmas Day. The Bible readings and the two chapters we have been reading this last week really have had an impact on my experience of Christmas. What about you?
A new light has come into the world, and the new light invites us to see the world differently. Look at the surprising people listed in the genealogies. There are prostitutes listed. There are people who do the menial jobs others looked down on. In our world today, we know how easy it is to judge people, to decide if they are of any value or not. I wonder what would happen if we looked at the people in the birth stories, in the genealogies with the new sight that Christ provides? Consider the prostitutes who were part of Jesus’ family tree. I often wonder how an unmarried woman survived financially if the culture of the day demanded they be married. Bathsheba is listed. I wonder how in the world she could ever risk refusing the advances of the king, with all of the power at his disposal? And what about the shepherds? Some considered tending the sheep as lower than low. Yet they played an important part in society. And in working as shepherds they found a way to support their families.
McLaren challenges us to figure out whether or not we will see eyes enlightened by the new light that has come into the world. Before you respond to that thought, take a few minutes to reflect on your journey. Are there people you judge negatively – people you have put down because of who they are or something they did? Are there times you feel unworthy, less than?
Here is the good news – the light has come into the world. A new light. A light that sees the value of all people, even those who made choices others don’t agree with. A light that sees a potential that outshines the problems. There is a new light that chases away the darkness of prejudice and judgment; and welcomes, forgives, and loves, even the ones who need and deserve second chances.
It’s Christmas, my sisters and brothers. Let us receive the light of Christ which enables us to see things differently.
My prayers are with you, that you may be transformed by the renewing of your mind, as you read God’s word and engage in walking a road together with those of us in the East District.
May peace be yours
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.