By: Holly Reimer
Luke 1: 68-79
Reflection—v.79, ‘to give light to those who sit in darkness’
I remember as a child how much the darkness intimidated me. I always wanted a night light on in my bedroom. When I would move between the dark rooms, I would turn lights on in each room to illuminate my way. Darkness was something I feared. As an adult I have come to find peace in the darkness—a sense of calm, free from distractions. Now, in the safety of my warm, locked house when I go to sleep, I prefer it to be pitch-dark. For some of us, however, darkness brings trouble and death, injury and despair. When the sun goes down, so does the warmth and the security of being seen. As we wait for the coming Messiah, we anticipate one who can give light to those who sit in darkness—who offers safety and security and warmth, provision and resources. There will be times when we want nothing more than to sit in the darkness. The good news is that we have a light source when we are ready to turn to it, and we have hope and a way out of the dark.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for being our light source for the darkness, a resource for the
moments when we find ourselves in the pit of despair, when it feels like death creeps in.
Bring us peace and patience as we wait for your light—the light of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Equip us to sit in the darkness with others as we find ways to show compassion to one