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When the Apostle John picked up his pen and began his first letter to the church, light was one of the metaphors he returned to. As the only remaining living witness to Jesus’s life and ministry, his goal was to establish a solid base of truth concerning the Word of Life in a post-apostolic world in which deceivers were lining up to spread false gospels and to make a profit from distorted messages.
John had seen the “true Light” (John 1:9), and knew that his experience as an eye-witness gave him a distinct advantage in determining what was true—and in filtering out all that was untrue. He bent over backward to establish the record of his three-year discipleship training time with Jesus, not sparing one bit of the full sensory detail:
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life.”(1 John 1:1, emphasis mine)
Even today, the Holy Spirit continues to use the witness of John the apostle concerning the light and life that come from God, available to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, for John’s letter marks a passing of the torch. John shares the good news that even though two millennia separate us from sharing his unique eye-witness status, it’s not too late for us to have a personal experience with Jesus Christ.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.”John 1:9
He came, and he’s here! Let’s celebrate his arrival together!
Welcoming the Light: A Guided Journal
I want to invite you into a meaningful Advent practice I’ve adopted for the past two years. It’s simple and yet so lovely: I have made a point of looking out the window early in the morning.
As I packed lunches and prepared breakfast, I was also watching for the arrival of the light.
Once the first rays of sunlight were visible in my east-facing window, I would scribble my observations into a tiny notebook and then get on with the business at hand. It wasn’t until afterward, reading in January over a month’s entries, that I began to notice how uniquely each day’s sunrise appeared, some days with brilliant golden rays, others in an apricot haze, and some mornings the only sign of light is a pink glow across the frozen ground.
Another meaningful Advent practice I adopted last year was reading through the carols in my church’s hymnal, one per day, and then recording one line that spoke to me in my journal. Paying attention to the light and celebrating the Savior in song provided a still place for me and inspired me to share that experience with my readers and friends. In the guided journal, you’ll find space to record your own observation of the sunrise and an excerpt from a carol for you to ponder (and even sing under your breath all day!). Then, I hope you will open your Bible to the short scripture passage that follows each entry and establish the firm habit of a daily appointment with God.
Of course, you can accomplish all this on your own in the pages of your journal, but this PDF format allows you to read online or print the journal if you wish. Even if you decide to print the journal, keep your phone handy, because I have embedded links to the carols within the text, enabling you to click and listen, especially if you don’t have ready access to a hymnal.
You can even share it with friends, and if you do pass the journal along to someone, I’d sure appreciate your mentioning my monthly newsletter and recommending that they subscribe.
I invite you to draw near this December to the True Light. We’ll begin on the first Sunday of Advent, November 28, 2021, and continue through Christmas Day. If you are already a newsletter subscriber, it arrived in your inbox last Thursday. To receive your own copy of Welcoming the Light: A Guided Journal, simply enter your email address in the field provided. I am committed to the truth that women can become confident Christ-followers and students of God’s Word. If that’s your goal, I’m offering resources to help you along the way.
May you find the practice to be enriching as you meet daily with the Lord of this season, in celebration of his incarnation. He became like us so that we could become like him.
Holding You in the Light this Advent Season,
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