The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1: 5 NRSV
Many of us will participate in a Candlelight Christmas Eve service tonight. However, for some local churches near me, the services may be in the dark.
You see, one of our local fire district apparently has had a law on the books for the last ten years that says any church using open flames other than on the altar must have four off-duty firefighters stationed in the worship area. The cost for the church? A mere $400.
All this for one verse of "Silent Night?"
How many churches do you know that have had fires on Christmas Eve, anyway?
Thank God that Jesus' light is not dependent on candles, off-duty firefighters or crazy local laws! Jesus' light is so bright, there is no darkness that can overcome it.