The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned…
For to us a child is born…
— Isaiah 9:2 & 6

I feel the darkness at this time of year. How fleeting is the presence of the sun as it dips behind buildings and trees at ever earlier times. But, there is that promise: the sun will rise again; the days will get longer, in fact starting one week from today!

            In the ‘Festival of Carols’ worship service this Sunday, the narration refers to Isaiah 9 (see above). Many people do walk in darkness and not just non-Christians. Even followers of Jesus fall into despair. In such a joy-filled season, we feel the fear, loneliness and anxiety we battle with even more sharply. We strive to offer a cheery card or kind words to those who struggle, or seek to cheer our own hearts by festive activities or kind deeds.

            These efforts are good, but the ‘True Light’ which triumphs in an lasting way over the power of darkness comes from this promise: To us a child is born… Everything changed in the birth of the Christ-child. Eternal, life giving Light burst forth and brought hope to the weary and purpose to the forsaken. Let our trust and hope rest on no other foundation, let our joy and peace be found in no other name, but the name of Jesus – the Light of the world!  

Pastor esther