“By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” vss. 78-79
Jesus regularly arose early in the morning and went out to pray. And there on the hills that surround the Sea of Galilee he would watch the sun come up. It’s a magnificent sight and certainly must have lifted his spirits. Some of us know that feeling. Night can be hard when we’re going through tough times. The hours drag on and the darkness breeds despair and sadness. But then comes the dawn and when we see the first rays of light peep over the horizon the results are close to magical. Hope floods our hearts and life seems good again. Zechariah’s song reminds us that Jesus gives that same burst of joy to our dark and troubled world. It’s not only that he offers the promise of life in the presence of death, he actually becomes for us the one trustworthy guide to living the abundant life in the present. As we devote ourselves to walking in his Way we discover the amazing peace that comes through the tender mercies of our God. We even feel his presence in those dark times when the unthinkable becomes real and suffering brings tears. No wonder we like to decorate our homes and streets with lights in these dark weeks leading up to Christmas. They’re a powerful reminder that the dawn from on high has broken upon us.
Thought for the Day: My best sunrise ever!