Light, Action, Camera at Christmas

Christmas Memories – Advent Devotion

December 14, 2020

“Lights, Action, Camera at Christmas”

Isaiah 9:2

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, my Dad was the holiday cameraman. My first recollection of my Dad as the cameraman is his purchase of a Polaroid Land Camera. He took it to all of our Christmas gatherings. This camera was a big deal in its day because you took a photo, then pulled out the negative from the back, and waited 2 minutes. Then, you peeled the photo paper apart, and “Walla” there was your picture. There was also one more step to help preserve the photo. There was a tube with an applicator that you would coat the image with. Then, you would let the print dry.

I can remember that all of my cousins and I thought it was magic. My Dad would let us take turns coating the prints. (Not sure if you noticed the blue lights at the bottom of the photo above. Those are flashbulbs. We’ve come a long way, haven’t we.)

But my favorite camera was my Dad’s Bell and Howell, and the projector (I still have the projector and many reels of 16 mm films Dad took over the years). But wait, there’s more! Dad had a light bar attachment for the camera that could light up any room, as well as blind anyone who looked at the camera 😊

When my Dad would turn the light bar on and begin making movies, the switch on the light bar would turn four lights. The four lights would light up the room excessively. My aunts, uncles, and grandparents would cover their eyes and yell out, “John, John, it’s too bright!” Inevitably my Dad would turn two of the bulbs off, which made being filmed more tolerable.

Good and fun-filled memories.

Genesis 1:3 (NLT)

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

John 1:9 (NLT)

The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

Matthew 6:22 (NLT)

“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light.

There are so many references to light throughout the Bible. Without light, there is only darkness. A great definition of darkness is, “Darkness is the absence of light.” That Was the problem in our world before Jesus came; there was an absence of light.

Did you notice the two important words that Jesus uses in the John 8:12 passage? “I am.” Jesus is utilizing the same words that God said to Moses at the burning bush, “I am who am.”

Jesus is telling all who were willing to listen that He was the fulfillment of what the prophet wrote in Isaiah 9:2. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.”

We, you and I, are those people. Jesus came to earth to be a light in the darkness. He came to take the darkness of sin from our lives through His sacrifice on the cross. Now you and I, we walk in the light of Christ. We glow with His light. We are to be an example of Jesus’ light for all the world to see.

Light bulbs, light bars, and even Christmas lights can light up a room, a house, or a neighborhood. But Jesus, He brought light to the entire world. Shine!

Dear Jesus, thank you for being the light of the world. Without you, we would still be living in the darkness of our sins. But you took those sins away, and now we are your lights in the world. Amen

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