December 19

Psalm 139:7-12, Light

By Robin Cooper

 A Stable Lamp is Lighted, Whose Glow shall wake the Sky. Hymn 104

The imagery for us is haunting: the picture of shepherds, barn animals, common folk huddled around the light, gazing in wonder – the first human sighting of our greatest gift.

It is hard for us to think of how the world has changed in 2,000 years.  But there were no electric lights and the calendar was just a dream.  Most people were farmers who depended on the land to provide.  When cold and dark increased people were afraid and unsure of the future.

The choice of the 25th of December as the official Day of celebration was not an accident.  The light of the sun, which represented life and hope, had been decreasing for the six months and now it was making its way back.  It was a gift, a sign.

Even now as we go through these dark and sometimes gloomy days of late autumn, we can get beaten down with the craziness of the season.

Let us not miss the returning of the light, the promise of God’s Everlasting Love and Salvation.

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