December 19, 2017
Christmas is upon us! I am, as usual, overwhelmed by your beautiful emails and posts on Facebook and Twitter regarding your love for Wholetones Christmas. As an “insider” to all things Wholetones because you are on my Tuesday Musing email list, you always know what’s happening… before everyone else!
I have poured over your email requests and have already chosen some of your favorites to appear on the next recording that will be released in 2018. Expect some surprise musical guests as well. The Christmas season is a festival of lights when streets, buildings, and homes that are obscured by nightfall during the year, suddenly come to life. Light always exposes darkness, which leads me to this week’s musing, “Defined By Light.”
The following story was penned by an anonymous author. Enjoy!
“There was once a dark cave, deep down in the ground, underneath the earth and hidden away from view. Because it was so deep in the earth, the light had never been there. The cave had never seen light. The word “light” meant nothing to the cave, who couldn’t imagine what “light” might be. Then one day, the sun sent an invitation to the cave, inviting it to come up and visit.
When the cave came up to visit the sun, it was amazed and delighted because the cave had never seen light before, and it was dazzled by the wonder of the experience. Feeling so grateful to the sun for inviting it to visit, the cave wanted to return the kindness, and so it invited the sun to come down to visit it sometime, because the sun had never seen darkness.
So the day came, and the sun entered the cave, it looked around with great interest, wondering what “darkness” would be like. Then it became puzzled, and asked the cave, “Where is the darkness?”
– Source Unknown
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12. Like the sun in the story above, wherever Jesus is, there can be NO darkness at all, but only pure light. Recently, a friend of mine asked me what I thought about all of the Hollywood celebrities, politicians, and media moguls who were being exposed. My answer was simple… “For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.” Luke 8:17.
Jesus modeled a life that we would all do well to emulate. Jesus lived from the inside out, with nothing concealed but everything revealed! Jesus is the light of the world. And His father? He is the Father of Lights. The center point of Christmas was a humble stable, a manger (animal food trough) (which was the first “King-sized bed”), and a star. Not just any star, though, but 3 stars that coalesced to form one great star that shone over the stable to light the Light of yhe World, as He came into this world.
Yes, dear friend, Christmas is a celebration of love, and it is defined by light! So, as we enjoy the Christmas Advent, and shortly afterward, a brave new year, take a moment to investigate your life and your motives (Psalm 139) and pray the prayer that King David prayed often, “Lord, shine your light of righteousness within ME, and expose any wicked way.”
Our lives will ultimately be defined by light; thus, it is always wise to keep a short account. Years ago, I wrote a song titled “Expose Me,” that pretty much sums up this week’s musing. Here is a link to the video: https://youtu.be/uU2HXckE5XE
Looking forward to a glorious Christmas and a brilliant New Year!
Michael S. Tyrrell
“The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
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