Darkness and then Light!

A reading for Wednesday, December 21, 2016: Genesis 18:1-15.

On this darkest day of the year, the winter solstice, we remember the joy that is ours at the announcement that a child is to be born. He is a child of light. He is our savior. He is our Lord...

A birth announcement has always brought joy and laughing: to Sara and Abraham, to Naomi and to Ruth, to Elizabeth and Zechariah. God would bring new life, and new hope to lives of disappointment and loss. "Is anything too wonderful for the Lord?" In the darkness, a light shines!

So the angel appeared to Mary and said, "And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. 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."

Light to those who sit in darkness. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo!


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