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We will be conducting a Christmas Eve candlelight service here at the Crossroads on Thursday, December 24th at 7pm. Maybe you are wondering “Why a candlelight service?” Consider…

There is a chorus we used to sing when the stars were out as we sat huddled in front of the camp fire when I was a kid. The words go like this:

It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around will warm up to its glowing…”

I have experienced the energy of that spark in my life and witnessed what could happen when it became a shared experience. My guess is you have too. History is loaded with examples of ordinary people who saw a need, left their comfort zone, and took action–often at tremendous sacrifice to themselves and people close to them. Like sparks, they lit a fire of inspiration and courage in the hearts of others. Ripples became waves. Waves morphed into movements. The world was changed.

We serve a Savior who entered this world the hard way. He didn’t fly down from heaven as a super-hero in full uniform. No, He took a journey into the deep dark unknown: a seed sown into the womb of teenager who stood trembling before the Angel of the Lord declaring the words “Be it unto me according to your Word.” The eternal Son left His comfort zone and took action. He sowed His life knowing that it would produce life in others.

“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman.” (Galatians 4:4)

And so the Word was made flesh. Nine months later, when the time came for Word to emerge from His mother’s womb, the heaven’s rejoiced. Angels sang and shepherds worshiped. Wise men marveled. Hearts were set aflame with hope.

This is why we light our candle in remembrance of our Savior’s birth. Because he lives, we live also.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)