Merry Christmas. Pass it on.

As I watched the light passed from one person to the next as part of the candlelight service tonight, I was transported back in time. I remembered as a child, or perhaps a youth, receiving the light from the person on one side of me, watching the flame take hold of my candle, and then passing to the person next to me. I always looked around to other rows to see if there was someone else I could pass it to. I don’t seem to remember that ever happening, and it always felt disappointing. I really wanted to be able to share that light with more people.

The good news about Christmas is that Jesus, the real light of the world, gave us light that has no limits on how many times we can pass it on. We can pass it to the person on the other side of us, certainly, but we can pass it to everyone in all directions — even pass it back to the person who passed it to us. The light of Jesus is the hope, love, joy, and peace God shared with us — and God never intended us to hold on to it.

Merry Christmas. Pass it on.

Annie by Candlelight

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