Everything came into being through the Word,
and without the Word
nothing came into being.
What came into being
through the Word was life,
and the life was the light for all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.
A man named John was sent from God. He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him everyone would believe in the light. He himself wasn’t the light, but his mission was to testify concerning the light.
The true light that shines on all people
was coming into the world.
The light was in the world,
and the world came into being through the light,
but the world didn’t recognize the light.
“I believe . . . I believe . . . It’s silly, but I believe.” — Susan Walker
Susan is a little girl whose mom raised her to be highly rational. There was no room for fairy tales or make-believe. She was raised to value what is reasonable and prove-able — not things that are too good to be true.
But throughout the movie, the thing that seems too good to be true — Santa Claus — becomes utterly undeniable. And by the end of the film, Susan truly believes. There is part of this rational little girl that thinks it’s silly, but she can’t help but believe.
Wrapped up in all belief is hope. This season, I hope, I believe that God is on the move. I believe that the light for all people has entered the world. That the light shines in any darkness. That the light shines on all people. But when I hesitate, when I doubt, when this Savior — this Light for the world — seems too good to be true, I have to remember that belief isn’t about certainty. It’s about hope. And I can say with confidence: “I believe . . . I believe . . . It’s not at all silly, and I believe.”
Jesus Christ, light for the world, I believe. I believe. I believe. I believe. Forgive me for wanting proof — for wanting evidence sometimes. But fill me with hope that fuels my belief. So that signs of your light are all around me this Advent season. Amen.