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Display of Lights

Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.  Isaiah 50:10 KJV

(Photo courtesy of office.microsoft.com.)Lights. We love lights, most especially Christmas lights. We hang strands of them up and over our porches. We decorate our mantles and drape our tree with more lights than the fire marshal allows. We drive miles to see the most decorated houses in town or out of town. 

We deck halls, streets, race tracks, and parks. Our friends in Anderson, South Carolina, hang 2.5 million lights in Darwin Wright Park. Six people work for three months to hang 3.5 million lights in Clifton Mills, Ohio. Buford, Georgia, celebrates the season with 7 miles of shimmering lights. “The more lights, the better” is a worldwide obsession. In 2011, an Australian couple strung 97,211 feet and won the Guinness Record for the most residential Christmas lights.

What is it about lights? We seek light because we’re created in the image of God. The Bible tells us God is light; there is 
no darkness in Him. In fact, God’s light is brilliant—so brilliant there’s no need of a sun where He lives. His eyes flame like fire and His feet gleam like burnished bronze.

Sometimes I wonder how I’m going to live without my Christmas lights all year, but the end of the Christmas season doesn’t mean the end of light. This year when it’s time to disassemble the tree, pull down the lights, and box everything away, don’t feel gloomy. We don’t have to live without light. The life-changing, everlasting light from our mighty God will shine through us. How do we focus on the light? We begin by trusting God and sticking with Him, even when we can’t see what lies ahead. 

Will you trust the Light of the World?

Further Reading: 1 John 1:5, Revelation 1:12-15, Revelation 21:23, Genesis 1:27, Isaiah 9: 6-7

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Terri Kelly

Terri Kelly is the author of Mary Slessor: Missionary Mother. As a writer, she has contributed to several books, including Divine Moments, Additional Christmas Moments, and Stupid Moments, and Faith and Family and Spirit and Heart. Terri has published articles in Kids’ Ark Magazine, Clubhouse, WHOA Magazine, and numerous online publications. Her blog, terribkelly.com, addresses issues teachers deal with on a daily basis. She teaches at writing conferences and assists with the Asheville Christian Writers Conference in Asheville, North Carolina.


  1. This resonated with me Terry. Beautifully expressed. Thank you.

  2. I love Christmas lights and your insight was so true. Thank you for ""lighting up"" my day.