December 21

Today, The day of the longest night.

Darkness is symbolic of ignorance, evil, and difficulty.

It seems in some ways our current societal times are the darkest night in recent memory.

From the pandemic, social unrest, moral anarchy, apathy towards ideals of virtue, a total ambivalence toward God, and the growing desertion from disciplines of Christianity like faithful church attendance.

I tend to believe that what has been produced must on the above list was caused by the last thing listed.

Let me encourage those who have not walked away from the faith and find the climate of our current culture to be discouraging.

“To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

We no doubt rejoice in the incarnation of Christ two thousand years ago. However, something that is more relevant to us is that specific events reality is available to everyone.

For those who will look to the heavens they too will find God still leads us to a place of the awe-filled wonder of that same Christ.

Countless times I have experienced the reality of Jesus Christ in my life. Discouragement or darkness are not required to know Jesus Christ. However in those difficult times, there often is desperation is born in our hearts to fully embrace the availability of God’s grace in our lives.

The Greatest gift we can unwrap in this season is the reality of the Prince of Peace.

May this week we experience personally the reality of the Eternal Day that is Jesus Christ.

“Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,”

May we all receive this message declared by Angels and echo this reality in our own lives and declare it to those we love.

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”