“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Isaiah 9:2
Today is the declared first day of winter—the winter solstice, which astronomically marks the beginning of shortening nights and lengthening days. To me, that means tomorrow I will experience more minutes of sunshine than I do today—and a brighter spirit. How appropriate the scripture for today reflects on darkness and light.
I am grateful we observe Christmas during the darkest month of the year. When I used to drive home after a busy day at work, the colorful lights and lawn decorations brightened the route to my home. Sometimes the commute ended too soon—I wanted to capture the light for a few more moments.
Out of the December darkness comes the Light—God’s gift to us to brighten every day of our lives—to give us comfort, direction, hope, and eternal life.
O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by:
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee to-night. Amen.