Life goes on.
December 17, 2016
Even though the temperature is 26 degrees, the hummingbirds are coming in twos and threes to the feeder outside my window. Even though the pond is covered in ice, the red wing blackbirds are eating the cattails that ring its edge. Even though there are 4 inches of snow on the ground, the deer are pawing through it and finding tender shoots beneath. On the surface, it appears that life has stopped, frozen in its tracks. But a closer look reveals that life goes on.
Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) This is not just some future reality; a closer look reveals that this is now and here.
Even though the days are short and darkness dominates, even though the cold brings everything to a standstill, this really is the season of life and of light. The advent of the eternal Christ, made plain in the birth of Jesus, is the assurance of eternal life. A closer look is required, but it reveals that the promise of light and life is kept. The yearned for renewal is tenderly revealed, even in the dark and cold.
In a much loved poem, author and theologian Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Life is light, and wisdom might, and God is All.” (Poems, pg.79) That Life-light reveals how close, how present are hope and happiness.
Look around. Look closely. Don’t let circumstances dictate what you know. Let the light of Life tell you. It will reveal, Life goes on.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.