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Monday December 21, 2009

by Rev. Dawson B. Taylor
Associate Pastor for Congregational Life

In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years. Luke 1:5-7

Today is the Winter Solstice. To put it simply: today is the shortest day of the year. We will spend more time in darkness than we will light. Interesting, isn’t it? That the darkest day of the year would happen just four days before we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the light of God, coming into our world. So what about you? Are you looking for light in the midst of darkness?

Zechariah and Elizabeth were looking for light in the midst of their darkness. They were barren and wanted to have a child. However, they had grown into an elderly age and knew that they wouldn’t have a child. But then God shows up, through an angel, and tells Zechariah that they will have a child, but Zechariah argues with the angel.

I don’t know about you but I’ve spent far too much time in my life arguing with God or questioning whether or not God will live out the promises that God has made. I guess you could say that I’ve spent too much time in the midst of darkness looking for the light.

So if you find yourself looking for the light on this dark day, my prayer is that like Zechariah and Elizabeth you will be able to see God’s handiwork up-close and that you will be able to know that there is no darkness that can overcome God’s light. May it be so in your heart, on this day.

Loving God, shine your light on me. Amen.

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