In our house, we go through waves of fear when it comes to darkness. For both my kids, right now, when they want to go in a dark room they will stop right by the door, peering in, looking into the darkness and weighing their options. Suddenly they will take a step back and call my husband or I to come rescue them. “I’m so scared,” they’ll say. This can be especially difficult at night time.
There are a few things we’ve tried in my son’s room to help him sleep.
First was the Ninja Turtle Nightlight. It shines a bright Ninja Turtle on the ceiling of his room and he can look at it and imagine doing ninja moves as he drifts off to sleep. We tell him that it will remind him to be brave.
Second, we tried leaving the big light on. He just wouldn’t settle down and would never go to sleep. It was just too bright.
Third, we hung a string of paper-covered, ball-shaped, colored lights. At first he liked them but then it was just too bright and then not bright enough. We couldn’t find the perfect balance.
We’ve tried to keep his closet closed in case he thinks there are monsters in there, we make sure he knows we are just down the hall and it is our job to protect him, we say prayers for protection and peace before bed.
Still. Fear kept winning.
One day we finally found something that did the trick. We put a small Christmas tree in his room. It is a little fiber optic one. It changes colors. It’s pretty and it cuts through the darkness just enough. And, so, my son has Christmas in his room all year and it eases his fears.
I love this image of Christmas coming to give us peace from our worry and fear. I love the image of Christmas cutting through the darkness of our hearts, of the world. When nothing else worked, Christmas did.
Jesus is just like this Christmas tree. He came when we were buried in darkness. He came when we needed a light. What a beautiful reminder this Christmas that we don’t have to be afraid of the dark.