…the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the path of peace.
— Luke 1:78b-79

The coming of the Messiah is likened to the rising of the sun. Those words were spoken by the joy-filled father of John the Baptist as he describes the impact Jesus will have on the world. The phrase, ‘it’s a new day’, represents the power of hope for change and renewal. Whatever happened before does not have to dictate the future; we can move forward, there is opportunity to start again. We need to know and believe that good news message.

            This Sunday we will sing out, and listen to, the joyous songs of those who saw the coming of Jesus as the coming of light into the dark world. They saw the promise of God take on a clear reality in Jesus. How great is our joy! Joy endures even in the absence of happiness. Joy is a gift of God to the world that is enduring even when circumstances don’t give rise to a happy heart. Let us with faith and hope hear once again the song of the angels: I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. This good news is for you: in Christ we are made new!

With hope, peace and joy in Christ,