Light has always been one of my favorite metaphors for God. There are many verses in the Bible about how God is light, and how the light has come into the world. I remember learning that we light candles on Christmas Eve to symbolize that Jesus, the Light of the World, had come into being, and then during the Tenebrae service on Good Friday, we slowly extinguish all the lights in the sanctuary as we symbolically show the light of the world has died. And then of course on Easter, we rejoice starting at the break of dawn that He is not here, He is risen!
Tonight at Messy Church, we will relate some of the Bible verses where it talks about God as light. The kids will have a chance to connect these verses with crafts and activities. My personal favorite is drawing a circuit on paper using a graphite pencil. You can use a battery to connect the drawn circuit to light up an LED bulb. The verse for that activity is Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Perhaps by drawing out that circuit, they could connect the idea of God’s light shining through them so that others can see it.
A powerful aspect of light is how it can dispel the darkness. Darkness can be very scary, especially for children. This Messy Church focuses on how we don’t have to be afraid because Jesus is with us. This is a good lesson for all of us to remember. Our world seems so dark so often, but when we walk with Christ, we can shine that light of God into the darkened world. Don’t be afraid, because God is with you always.