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Everlasting Light

12-3-11 Isaiah 60:19-22 Everlasting light

Have you noticed that nothing is built to last anymore? Except maybe the Volvo.  I recently saw a commercial where a man walked up to a woman who was carrying a large cup of coffee and he told her to be careful to not spill any of it in his car.  But it was her car.  But it would be his car when she traded it in.  Good thing I drive a Jeep and don’t have to worry about the big stain on the front passenger seat.

Beyond that, things don’t last.  As soon as you purchase most things they are antiquated and doomed for the trash before you ever leave the store.  On Christmas morning we usually place bets as to which toys are going to make it through the day unbroken.  I used to think this was a matter of shoddy workmanship, when in fact it’s more of a marketing tool to get you ready to purchase that item’s replacement.

One of the standard things of this season is Christmas lights.  At the end of every season I should just throw my strands of tree lights out and start fresh the next year because invariably one of the lights burns out making the entire strand useless.  At least the outdoor lights have bulbs that can be replaced, and replace them we do.  One year my husband bought a gross of bubble light replacement bulbs.  That was twenty years ago.  They’re the closest things to everlasting, but even they burn out.

Into our temporary and disposable existence God shines His everlasting light.  The Psalmist tells us that “from everlasting to everlasting” He is God.  There wasn’t a time when God wasn’t and there never will be.  If you want to place a bet on who will be there at the end of the day and everyday after that then bet on God. 

So as you struggle with snarled up strands of lights and hunt for fresh batteries to replace the dead ones, lift a prayer of thanks that the God who made this whole thing possible was, and is, and is to come.

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