In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. (John 1.4 NRSV)

In the comic FOR BETTER OR WORSE, little Elizabeth is sitting near the Christmas tree, looking at the neatly wrapped gifts. Her father says, "Elizabeth, it's too early to open anything yet."

Elizabeth replies, "I know. I was just thinking about all the kids who don't have presents to wake up to. I was thinking about kids in the hospital, kids who are lonely... I was just thinking how lucky I am." Then she pauses, looks up, and says, "Christmas is Jesus' birthday, isn't it, Daddy. I wish I could give Him something."

Her father smiles, gives her a big hug and says, "Honey, you already have!" If somehow we can capture that kind of love and selflessness, then it can be said that his light dwells in our heart.

Help me to let your light shine. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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