When Jesus entered into our world, He came as a light for our darkness. Jesus said, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” (John 12:46) In spite of the joys of Christmas many people find this time of year physically exhausting and emotionally draining. It just might have to do with the darkness.
It is estimated that over 10 million Americans get clinically or dangerously depressed in winter. What scientists have discovered is that the long hours of winter darkness can have an adverse effect on us physically and emotionally. For some the winter months can be completely debilitating. An interesting and simple treatment has been discovered for many seasonal sufferers: light therapy. Patients are prescribed a regimen of sitting in front of a box emanating bright light for one to six hours a day. Shining intense light upon the eyes of people suffering from deep depression in the winter season has lifted the spirits of many patients. Perhaps we often feel run down or depressed because we haven’t spent much time sitting in the radiance of the true light that gives light to every man (John1:9). The Bible gives a good prescription for some light therapy:
Allow Christ to shine on us and in our hearts through daily Bible study. 2 Peter 1:19 compares God’s Word to a light shining in a dark place. Jesus Christ, the light of the world radiates from every page. We need to spend time in this light every day. For God, who said, Let light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians. 4:6)
Walk in the light by ap-plying God’s Word to daily living. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105). That means putting into practice what the Bible says to do.
Be a light to others. When we take our eyes off our own despair and meet the needs of others, we find our own burdens lightened, and our spirits lifted. “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 4: 14, 16)
Christmas is a good time for all of us to spend time sitting in the light of His Word, walking in the light of His truth and being a light to others.