December 22, 2014
by: Nancy Rottman

Romans 13:11-14

Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

In the class I took last June, our professor had us contemplating our own “SuperPower.”  Yes, you read that right.  He asked us to think about our very best selves and imagine, when we are fully inhabiting that very best self, what our super hero name might be.  At the end of class we were also asked to name what we saw as each other’s superpowers. Lots of great “powers” were named and I can’t believe that any manmade structure could contain the power of this “Holy Justice League” that we formed.

“Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Isn’t that a fantastic image?  Here we have gone and done it again.  We’ve survived the shortest day/longest night of the year.  In 2 short days we will be gathering to celebrate Christmas and the fulfillment of our hope, our waiting, our expectation, with the dawning of the light of God into the world once again.  Imagine clothing yourself in this light, like donning your own SuperSuit.

Last evening at our worship at the Well we were bathed in candlelight and steeped in holy melodies.  As the last notes of “Carry the Light” echoed softly through the room, no one moved.  For several minutes the entire gathered body of Christ sat still, their faces glowing in the candlelight they were each bearing.  Forever I will believe that each person there was shedding darkness and clothing themselves in the light of Christ so that they can carry that light with them into the world.  What a SuperPower we all receive!  And it is renewed year after year after year.  We wait and watch all through the darkest days of the year for that moment when we can tap in again, rekindle the flame of Christ’s love in ourselves, and let it shine as our “armor of light,” as the most amazing SuperPower there is!

Carry the light, carry the light, carry the light of Jesus Christ!