Inside this tract are the following words:
Fear of the dark is often thought of
as a childhood problem but many of
us carry it into adulthood. According
to a Yougov poll, 40% of us are scared to
walk around our own houses at night if
the lights are off. Nycophobia, as it is
officially termed, is not as irrational as
some phobias. The dark leaves us exposed
to attack and vulnerable to mishap.
Without light we are functionally blind
– reduced to groping clumsily around
hoping for the best.
Of all the metaphors used about Jesus,
light is one of the most powerful. ‘In him
was life, and the life was the light of men,’
wrote John at the start of his gospel.
‘The light shines in the darkness, and
the darkness has not overcome it.’
Jesus illuminated human failings and
shone a pathway to forgiveness and
restored relationship with God. Jesus
enabled us to see the character of God.
Jesus broke through the darkness of
abusive power, oppression and suffering,
bringing the comfort of a new dawn.
In the UK, Christmas happens at the
darkest time of year. On some days in
December it barely seems to get light
at all. It isn’t just potentially scary, it can
lead to vitamin D deficiency and mental
health issues like Seasonal Affective
But in the dark, both real and
metaphorical, the light of Jesus shines
on. Come closer and discover life in the
Christmas is a time to remember that Jesus really is the light of the world. Through him love, peace, hope and joy can all be found. With the city of Bethlehem at the bottom and a bright star, use this design to remind people of the familiar but precious story of Christmas.