by Cristina Grau partner blogger

What’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.

Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real.”

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

7-2_Light_of_the_WorldI dislike the dark. I don’t like going into any area where I can’t see what’s in front of me. When light isn’t possible, I need someone to hold my hand and lead me to our intended destination or I’ll go running through the darkness in an attempt to find light, with no clue of where I’m actually going.

I find it comforting that here in John, we are given yet another name for Christ: the Light of the world.

Christ is our Light. Before we knew Him, we were walking in darkness, not knowing the dangers which lurked around us and unable to find our way. With Christ in our lives, we are now able to see the path clearly laid before us. We are able to walk in Him, having no fear of what lies ahead.

Christmas is the perfect opportunity to share this name with your children. Lights surround us no matter where we go. In our home, we not only put lights on our tree, but in our children’s rooms as well. We surround them with warm, comforting light, which brings joy to their hearts. During Christmas, make some memories by visiting Christmas lights, hanging some of your own, or perhaps lighting a few candles.

To add some flair to your candles, decoupage them with Christmas napkins or cover them with Epsom salt. Both are very easy to do and a fun activity for the kiddos.

  • To decoupage, paint your candle with Mod-Podge (or a homemade alternative) and then carefully place cuttings from pretty Christmas napkins onto your candle.
  • To cover with Epsom salt, paint the candle with Mod-Podge and roll the candle in epsom salt. This looks very wintry and has a beautiful affect.

Let us remember that Christ came into the world to be our Light and to lead us into a restored relationship with God. It is because of Him that we can be a light in the world, sharing the good news of His love and His desire to be their Light as well.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Copyright 2013. Used by permission of the author. Originally appeared at, December 20, 2013.

Cristina Grau is a homeschooling mom of four. She began homeschooling in 2003 and is now serving as Yearbook Editor of her private school satellite program. She currently writes a blog, A Homeschool Mom.