Carol Round on Called to Be a Light in a Dark World

“I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness”—John 12:46 (ESV).

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Although I’ve never watched the television show, it draws millions of viewers. Each episode of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” features different families or groups that create elaborate Christmas light displays. Chosen in advance by the producers, the contestants’ displays are judged on three categories: use of lights, overall design, and Christmas spirit. After judges review each display, the winner is awarded $50,000 and a trophy.

That’s a lot of money. I’m sure it goes a long way toward paying their electric bill and then some, including taxes on the prize. It would be interesting to learn how much of that money is left after bills and taxes are paid. And, of course, I wonder what the neighbors think.

If left on all night, do the light displays disturb their sleep? Does the loud music, usually accompanying these extravaganzas, require the neighbors to use ear plugs? Do they get tired of the traffic driving by to see this display of Christmas spirit?

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For some, it’s difficult to find the Christmas spirit, even in the best of times. However, in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic led to a public health emergency and an economic crisis. It’s unprecedented in most of our lifetimes, not only disrupting our daily lives but changing the way we celebrate this time of year.

Many have lost loved ones to this virus. People have been let go from their jobs. Businesses have closed their doors, some declaring bankruptcy. Many people have also been forced to seek help through food banks, a first time for some standing in line.

Because of the virus spread, families changed their holiday plans. Instead of the usual family gatherings with grandparents and other older relatives, many celebrated alone.

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SOURCE: Assist News

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