We’ll Leave the Light On

Once again, I watched “Close Encounters,” one of the best movies ever made.  Do you remember the scene, early in the movie, in which the people who had seen or sensed the presence of the aliens gathered on the hillside, lighting lights to welcome them?  Remember how they watched and waited, eagerly anticipating their coming? 

It would be nice if Christmas lights were lit with that same attitude, watching and waiting, eagerly anticipating the coming of our Lord.  Perhaps they once were, back before Christmas became flattened and homogenized into “Happy Holidays.”  But you and I can light welcoming lights year round, not on our gutters and bushes but in our attitudes and actions.  Watching and waiting, as many once did for His birth.

David said it like this:

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;  my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.  O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love,and with him is plentiful redemption.  And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.(Psalm 130:5-7)

2 thoughts on “We’ll Leave the Light On

  1. Vicki Uhr

    I watched Close Encounters again just recently too. I didn’t have the same revelation you did – thank you for sharing! I do have “God-reactions” to other things I watch, and sometimes they are more in the nature of warnings. I enjoy pro football (guilty pleasure), and when I see all the pre-game hype put on by the NFL (singers, hordes of adoring fans, and graphics of players that makes them seem God-like), I say to my husband, “This is worship. America has made a God out of this.” So I am very careful to keep it in perspective. Only God is God!


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