Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Armor of Light Against Darkness

Last night while playing family games, I looked around and sensed my opportunity. While my wife secretly starts listening to Christmas music about Halloween, I generally try to hold off on Christmas decorations and themes as long as possible. But with all those good kids of mine, I figured today would be December Eve and a great day to do the Christmas lights on the house and the tree up in the living room. They were helpful to a point. I took it all calmly enough with the usual jitters of my height anxiety. The end result is lookin' good!

Whether it's preparation for the solstice, the Hannakuh celebration of ights, family fun festivities, or the Christmas Spirit, there is something about the glory of light when the world turns dark and cold.

This morning while waiting in the Bountiful Temple to do some volunteer work, I noted how bright the room was. While there are sacred ordinances not shared on the outside, there is nothing in the Temple done in the dark. There were scriptures handy and I read this:
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Romans 13:12.
"Armor of light." I really like that idea. It's especially needed at this time of year.

So what is this "Armor of light?" Well, while reciting numerous possible sins in violation of commandments, Paul eventually sums it up in that chapter of Hebrews that Love is the fulfillment of the Law. How we get there doesn't seem to be all that easy, but I think it's not a check-list. Even Paul got over that.

So, getting back to simple Math:


I hope my kids and neighbors get that with the lights.

1 comment:

  1. Technically, only the northern part of the world "turns dark and cold" this time of year. I keep seeing FB postings from Brazil and New Zealand where it is warm and light. Ai, ai, ai!


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