Children of the light

The Bible tells of God becoming a child – shepherds and donkeys and astrologers surrounding the stable in Bethlehem. God is light – in Him is no darkness. That too is part of the Bible story. The light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.

Children are our hope of the future, of life going on, of our being able to grow and change. Perhaps too of someone being more fortunate than we are or doing what we were unable to or did not dare to. Being “the hope” can be a great burden on a child. The little Christ Child in the crib is like a friend in the difficult task of being a child. In the Christian faith He carries a hope so great that is almost crushes him. But only almost. God wants to show that we are right to hope a great deal for and from our children; he becomes one of them. And begs us: “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.” Lighting a candle in church is one of the strongest expressions of hope. The light that shines and the fragrant smoke billowing out of the censer – they can be our prayers when, perhaps, the words will not come to us.

You find it in the Horn Chapel.