Dear ACC Families,
Happy Chinese New Year!
February 5, 2023 is the date of the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the first month of the Lunar Calendar. The Chinese had a few reasons to celebrate the Lantern Festival (read sources below). Many cultures have used the Lunar Calendar, including the Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Chinese. Lanterns were only lit up during the night when it was hard to see. People have used the moonlight to see in the nighttime for centuries. Light is important for us to see clearly to avoid danger and trouble, but also to see God’s beauty in our families and His creation.
Jesus is the Light of the World. Jesus is our Beacon and Lighthouse to deliver us from this dark world. He warns us of this world’s dangers, but He also brings hope, shelter and salvation. Jesus also commands us to represent Him and to be little lights in this world.
Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Whatever you do and whoever you interact with during your Chinese New Year celebrations, remember to be a light to this world… that your words and deeds may glorify our Heavenly Father. We represent Jesus who is The Light of the World.
Song (YouTube): Light of the World (Sing Hallelujah)