Christmas Lights

From Rev. Solomon Keal, School Pastor
December 3, 2019

As the Christmas season begins, I’m looking forward to putting up Christmas lights. Christmas lights, almost without fail, can bring a smile to my face, and warmth to my heart, even as my fingers are freezing. I love the tradition of Christmas lights during the Christmas season. The Lord’s coming in the world is so beautifully symbolized by light in the darkness and light in the cold. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2, Matthew 4:16).

We know from the teachings for the New Church that light represents the Lord’s truth, and warmth represents the Lord’s goodness (see Heaven and Hell 126-140). The truth is what leads to goodness, the way light leads to warmth. Light indicates the presence or coming of warmth, the way truth indicates the presence or coming of goodness.

Sometimes we don’t feel the immediate warmth of the Lord’s love and goodness. We can feel like we’re walking in the darkness of winter, or the land of the shadow of death. But the beauty of the story of the Lord’s birth and all of its symbolism of light, is that there is hope for the coming of Love, and the coming of Goodness. From the beginning of the Word (“Let there be Light” (Genesis 1:3)) to the end of the Word (“I am… the Bright and Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:16)), the Lord seeks to remind us with His light that the warmth of His love is coming. This is the truth that shines in the darkness.

“Those who have been in vastation or desolation, after being comforted by the hope of help, are elevated by the Lord into heaven, thus from a state of shade which is a state of ignorance, into a state of light which is a state of enlightenment and of the refreshment therefrom, thus into a joy that affects their inmosts.” (Secrets of Heaven 2699.2)

May the lights of this Christmas season remind you of the presence and coming of the Lord’s goodness and love into your heart.

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