READ : John 1:1-5, 14
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (v. 5)
It was our first Christmas away from home in a land where Christmas had little meaning. On Christmas Eve we went to the official government-sponsored Protestant church in town and were ushered up to the front row. The Communist Party representatives welcomed everyone. My husband said a few words of greeting from Christian brothers and sisters in America. As Christmas carols were played, we sang along in English. The young people put on a Christmas pageant complete with little lamb puppets.
Suddenly I felt a tap on my shoulder and turned to see an elderly woman smiling at me. She began to softly hum the tune of “Jesus Loves Me” and indicated she wanted me to sing it with her in English. We stood in front of that crowd of several hundred people and together sang that familiar song. Where had she learned this song in English? I pondered what this elderly woman must have experienced in her lifetime. How had she maintained her faith? That Christmas I realized anew that nothing can stamp out God’s truth—nothing. Joy to the world for the Lord has surely come!
Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness to believers throughout the world. Strengthen those who have kept their faith through difficult times. In Jesus’ name. Amen.