The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! [John 1:29 (NLT)]

For the past five weeks, I’ve been writing about the candles on an Advent wreath. If not in our churches, then in our hearts, the candles of hope, love, joy and peace were lit to remind us of the gifts brought to us by Jesus’ birth. Each week, as we drew closer to our Savior’s birth, another candle was lit. Today’s candle is the Christmas candle. Unlike the colored candles throughout Advent, today’s candle is white and represents the spotless Lamb of God. The light from this candle and the others surrounding it remind us that Jesus is the light of the world.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the gift of Christmas. May we never forget that you, the spotless lamb, came into the world to die so that we, soiled sinners all, could have life! Thank you for your gifts of hope, love, joy, peace and salvation.

Let me not wrap, stack, box, bag, tie, tag, bundle, seal, keep Christmas. Christmas kept is liable to mold. Let me give Christmas away, unwrapped, by exuberant armfuls. Let me share, dance, live Christmas unpretentiously, merrily, responsibly with overflowing hands, tireless steps and sparkling eyes. Christmas given away will stay fresh—even until it comes again. [Linda Felver]

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. [Isaiah 9:2 (NLT)]

Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. [Isaiah 58:10 (NLT)]

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