Christmas Memories – Advent Devotion
December 8, 2020
1200 Points of Light (Christmas in Loxahatchee)
By Kathy Guagliardo
In 1991 Joe and I, along with our 3-year-old daughter, Heather, moved to Loxahatchee, FL. Loxahatchee is about 25 miles west of West Palm Beach, FL. At the time, much of it was dirt roads. Many of the homes were on one to three acres of land.
Our 2400 square foot home was on an acre and a quarter. We had a great room with 20-foot-high ceilings. On our first Christmas in our new home, we decided to get a 10-foot tree. Joe had to get someone from work to help him set it up. It was filled with over 1200 lights, ornaments, and garland.
Joe always said that the lights on the tree reminded him of President George W. Bush’s “thousand points of light speech.”
(In his 1989 inaugural address, President George H.W. Bush shared his vision of “a thousand points of light” — individuals and organizations across the nation helping others through service.)
Outside of the house was another matter. Because of where we lived and being the only person on our street, we hardly ever had a car drive by our home. But, Joe decided that he wanted to decorate the front porch and line blinking lights along the path to our house. It was quite a sight.
“Jesus is the light of the world. He came to overcome the darkness of sin, wickedness, ignorance, and unbelief. Christians are the light of the world in the sense that they reflect the light of Christ, just as the moon reflects the light of the sun.” (Albrecht)
Jesus wants us to glorify Him with our works. When we do good works, number one, it’s the right thing to do. We should always help our fellow citizens of this planet. But, we should never do good works to glorify ourselves, saying, “Look at me, look at all the people I have helped.”
Instead, when we are “points of light” and serve others, then those who don’t believe in Jesus will see what it means to be a Christian and be a servant like and of Christ.
Dear Jesus. Help us all to be points of light in this world. Help us be like you and serve others, asking for no reward, but shining so non-believers will come to you. Amen
Albrecht Resource: Matthew G.J. Albrecht and M.J. Albrecht; Peoples Bible Commentary; CPH 1996.