A woman from the turn of the century decided to have her house wired for a new utility called “electricity.” But she was embarrassed when this new light revealed the soot, the cobwebs & the dirt that was previously hidden in the candle-lit rooms.
“The light came into the world, but people loved darkness rather than light. For all who do evil hate the light & do not come near it for fear their evil deeds will be exposed.” Being invited to come into the light of God’s presence can be a frightening thing for it is easier for us to see all the filthy things in ourselves that we never saw before. Sometimes we’d rather live in darkness.
And yet, this Light will help us to clean up our lives. We need not fear for “God so loved the world that he sent his only Son—not to condemn the world, but so that we might be saved through him.”