I’ve always thought of December 21 as the new year. The darkness begins to recede and we move toward the light of summer. I read and reread John 1
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
The darkness did not overcome it. Maybe it’s not the darkness of the season or the first day of winter that disturbs me the most but the darkness of the human soul. There is too much to take in the world. Germany, Syria, Turkey and even on the streets of our hometowns where the killer is a different kind of terror – heroine. We need that light to shine. We pray for that light to shine.
Maybe there is another kind of darkness for you. The darkness of loss or dreams unfulfilled. The light shines there too. Hope is still abundant in the incarnation. God does not just speak to us from on high. God comes to us, abides with us, becomes Immanuel. I need that hope not only for the S.A.D. but for the brokenness all around us.
Late on Christmas Eve you may be someplace lighting a single candle and singing “Silent Night” but it’s not silent in heaven – there is a party going on – rejoicing that you are there lighting a candle of hope in the world of darkness.