Matt Sessoms

Matt Sessoms

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 17:17

Light in Darkness

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” -Luke 2:8-15, ESV

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here again. When I consider the incredible opportunity I’ve had this last year to see God working in client’s joys, pains, sorrows, frustrations, and burdens, I am quickly reminded that I have seen the Christmas message illustrated in almost every session as God brings light to darkness.

I do not think it is a coincidence that shepherds received the message from the angels to go see Christ at night (Luke 2). This has been how God works, even from the beginning of creation. “And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep… and God said ‘Let there be light’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:2-3, ESV). John also writes “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (1:4-5). In 2 Corinthians 4:6 Paul tells us that God shines in our hearts to give us the “Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.” Paul and Peter both tell us that those who follow Christ are given the responsibility to proclaim light and to be light in this dark world (1 Pet. 2:9; Eph. 5:8). God made light at creation, He is the supreme example of light in Christ, and now He asks us to let His light not only permeate our lives, but for us to also live as His lights in this dark world.

Christmas is not a bright time for many people… maybe it is not a time of celebration for you; but I know that there is light that God will bring to your darkness. Maybe God is asking you to shine bright for someone else this season; maybe He is challenging you to receive His light from others. No matter the circumstance, God will always exist as light. The question we must ask ourselves is “are we looking for His light in our lives?” If we are looking, how will we then respond to “shine like stars in the world” (Philippians 2:15)? Merry Christmas!

Contributor: Matt Sessoms, MA, LPC, LMFT, works as an intimacy counselor at Metroplex Counseling helping couples, individuals, and families through the concerns they experience in life.