Giving Thanks for Light and For Glory

Bethany and I assembled our Christmas tree tonight.  ( A side note: I succeeded last year in selling Bethany on the idea of an artificial tree, so with this year I figure we’ve made up for half of the cost of it over a real tree, and in 2 more years we’ll break even on tree costs. And they look so much nicer. And I’m not afraid our dried out tree will burn the house down.)  Well, the point is I love the lights on the tree. There’s something peaceful about dimming the lights in the house and looking at the light of the Christmas Tree.

christmastree

So that brings me to what I want to say thank you for.  God, my Father, you have given us your Son, the Light of the world.  I want to thank you publicly for Your Son Jesus, of whom You said:

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world… to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:9-13 ESV)

The Incarnation. God, as man, stepped down and walked among us. The light of the world, in the world in the flesh. Light. And not just any light, but a glorious one.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 ESV)

That we have seen Jesus’ glory is God’s grace to us. That we can continue to see his glory continues to be God’s grace to us. Thank you God for your Son Jesus. You allowed me to see His glory, and have given me a new life. By Your grace, may my eyes see again and again, and always be compelled by your glory.

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