Advent | Illuminate

“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood” (John 1:14)

Illuminate

Jesus said “I am the light of the world”
He said “no-one puts a light under a bowl”
He introduced His Kingdom, the Kingdom of God
Not a wide expanse
Not an army of thousands
Small
Small as a mustard seed, like yeast
Small, but with the power to change
Corrupt a broken generation
Disrupt a world hell-bent on destruction
A culture more interested in what’s in the palm of its hand
Than what’s staring it in the face
A light that never goes out
A light from which darkness cannot hide
That drives out fear
That brings hope, purpose, meaning, life
Life in all its fullness
A single light
And another
And another
And another
Until darkness shakes, breaks
Loses its grip and disappears
A single light
But not alone
Shining with Him
The Light of the World
With Him
Through Him
In Him
Breaking out, breaking through
A flicker. Bold. Brave
Small, but with the power to change
Change the person on the left
Or on the right
Shine into their darkness
Be the light
Don’t wait
illuminate

This reflection was written by Barrie Voyce from The Door, Stroud www.thedoor.org.uk  for our Advent Series on John 1:14 from the message (‘The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood.’).