Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/14/2022: John 1:3-5

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Topeka: New Hope UMC
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Topeka: Pleasant Hill UMC
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Topeka: Susanna Wesley UMC
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Perry UMC
Topeka: University UMC
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Today's Lectionary Text

John 1:3-5 (NRSV) 

All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.  


Today's Devotional

I love the Christmas season from the first day of Advent all the way to Epiphany for many reasons. However, one primary reason is my love of the decorating of lights. I enjoyed it as a child and still do, watching lights go up on city streets and people lighting their homes and the lighting of Christmas trees. It seems to bring great joy and excitement not just for children but adults as well when the moment comes that the darkness is dispelled when the lights are plugged in to a power source. The moment is still special to me that even as we decorate the church for the season in daylight hours and first plug in the lights on the tree in the sanctuary, the handful of us gathered cheered. Once again we will celebrate Christ’s light coming into the world. 

There is a story commonly accredited to Robert Louis Stevenson as a young boy. Stevenson suffered from respiratory ailments from a young age and spent most of his time indoors. One evening as the darkness began to fall, he was at the window overlooking the street as a lamplighter began to come down the street lighting each street lamp as he proceeded. Stevenson was captivated by the sight and turned to his parents and said: “the man is poking holes in the darkness!”. What an apt description of what was happening as the light dispelled the darkness, not only for him but for everyone. It seems an apt description of what God has done for humankind in offering himself to the world in the form of a baby in a manger -- Emmanuel. 

Just as God pokes holes in our darkness with Jesus as the power source, so can we receive the light and poke holes in the darkness of someone else. Let’s face it - the world has a great deal of darkness around it but the darkness has never overcome Christ’s light, and it cannot overcome the light he has placed in us. Be a lamplighter! 

-- Rev. Galen Wray, retired elder

Prayer for Reflection

Creator God you made the earth and heavens and human beings, and covered the world with your light. Be with us when darkness threatens to overtake us, and let the love of Jesus Christ poke holes in the darkness to allow your love to shine in us and through us. Amen. 


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