Lit from Within: An Advent ReflectionJill Weber - 6 Dec 2018

As we journey through Advent, I’m aware that my surroundings are becoming very shiny. Lights hanging on the High Street. Decorations in the stores. The town is polishing itself up for Christmas.

Tolkien said in the Lord of the Rings, “All that is gold does not glitter.” I wonder if the inverse is also true. Is all that really glitters - all that is shiny-  gold?

It’s so tempting to be shiny. I want to polish myself up, put my best foot forward. Make a good impression. Possibly even impress. My motives are good. 

Well, mostly...

We are called to shine as children of light in a darkened generation -but am I full of light, or merely shiny?

Am I lit from within, or do I merely glitter?

Paul says to the Church in Corinth:

"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18

The pathway to being true light? Paul would say it comes from the contemplation of God’s glory. And British poet William Blake says, “We become what we behold.”

So what might happen if I searched for God’s glory in all its multiple manifestations? In the Scriptures; on countryside walks; in the faces and lives of those I am growing to know and to love?

What I set my heart on a quest for His beauty? His light? What if we, as Christians, decided this Advent to pursue the true gold within us? 

So stop. Look. Listen. Contemplate. Take it all in.

Seek the light of Jesus. Let it invade the inner chambers of your heart each day and fill them with light.  Then be light to those around you.

Lord, as we journey through Advent, may my questing heart find you. Finding you, may I gaze upon you.  As I gaze upon you, may You fill me with Your light so that I might point others to Jesus.

 

For more reflections as we draw closer to Christmas, check out our Advent video series: Volume III - The Selah Series

 

Jill

Jill Weber

Jill is Director of Houses of Prayer at 24-7, married to Kirk and they have one daughter. Jill is the Global Convenor of the Order of the Mustard seed, trained spiritual director and a writer. She loves walks in nature and is passionate about helping others to be awake to the presence and activity of God.

 

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