“because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79 ESV)
The time just before dawn is one of the coldest and darkest. In this story we are at its darkest point but there is also hope too. As the prophecy above is said by Zachariah we see that a sunrise will happen and this sunrise comes from the tender mercy of our God.
At the point where the sun begins to pierce through the darkness, it begins to warm the earth up. If you listen closely you will be able to hear the birds begin to sing.
This sunrise will bring light to those who are in darkness, it will bring life to all those who sit in the valley of the shadow of death.
Jesus is the light of the world and he is the sunrise that warms our hearts. It may feel like the coldest part of the story – no place at the inn and death on their doorstep. It’s the part where we groan and sit in darkness but we also know that hope and light is coming.
Christmas is about the birth of Jesus who will be the light in the darkness.
*Painting by KOPISCH, August