‘That is beautiful!’ I said out loud in the car. ‘Just beautiful. Thank you. Thank you.’

I’d just dropped off one of my lads at a party at the weekend and was driving home. And my eye had been caught by the lights sparkling so elegantly in a passing front garden. That’s what I was referring to. Lights. Beautiful Christmas lights.

Outside Christmas lights seem to be everywhere at this time of year. And whilst a few are a bit strange or over-the-top, most are lovely. But with such a lot now, and many having been up for a while, it’s easy to overlook them. But they are definitely there. And on Saturday, whilst driving along in the car, one home’s lights caught my attention and stirred fresh appreciation for something as simple yet beautiful as outside twinkly lights.

To speak ‘thank you’ out loud when there was only me in the car could have looked a bit weird to other drivers! But it just came out, like it was the most natural thing to do. Something inside of me desired to give thanks to Christ, who is not only the reason for the lights in the first place but also brings beauty into our lives. Even small beautiful things which easily get overlooked. Like sparkling Christmas lights.