Light in the Manger

Over the years my family has viewed me in Grinch mode as Christmas approaches. This is not a result of me not wanting to celebrate the birth of our Saviour. It is simply that the commercialism of Christmas takes over everything.

Stores were selling Christmas decorations before Remembrance Day. Commercials on the radio, T.V., or online are telling us to buy more stuff for our family. News agencies are publishing articles on what they feel will be the biggest selling items this “Holiday Season”. Then there is the new push that has crept up from south of the border that hypes all the joy we will receive by participating in a Black Friday purchasing frenzy.

I was so thankful for the chapel we had this “Black Friday” in which the grade 8 students did a stellar job of reminding us of the Light provided to this dark world, of a Saviour who came to take away our sins, and of the free gift of eternal life.

I was thankful that we could shine this light a week ago by having a float in the Guelph parade that proclaimed that, “God so loved the World that he gave his one and only son.”

I am thankful to hear songs being sung or played in our classes that proclaim that Jesus is the light of the world.

Let the lights being lit at GCCS burn bright this Christmas season so that our community can be blessed by the love of Jesus.

~ Marvin Bierling