There is something amazingly comforting when the morning dawns after a night of great discomfort, fear or pain. If you have ever experienced a severe storm overnight you can’t wait for the light of morning to help you assess what has happened, but also to see that the World is still spinning, and to be blessed by the simple fact morning will always follow night. Can you imagine a world of night, where morning never seems to dawn? Sometimes the depths of depression can feel that way, sometimes the battle with grave illness can feel that way.
For many they do not need to imagine it, they live it. In a world, without hope, there is no release from the morning dawn. Isaiah reminds us that this babe of Bethlehem was coming to be the one who IS hope and brings us out of the darkness and into the light. Paul reminds us what a blessing that is, and what a cause for celebration:
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10
As you see the lights of Christmas may they serve as a reminder to us of the one, Jesus, who rescued us from darkness to not only bring us to the light but to give us a hope and a future. For those who believe on his (Jesus) name, this new found morning dawn will not end.
5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. Revelation 22:5
No more night, all because of Christmas…now that is a reality worth pondering.