Sunday’s Scripture ~ Luke 1:26-38.
I am not really an early bird and I am definitely not a night owl. In fact, I recently learned that I wear a certain facial expression in the mornings when I am ready to interact with people! Before then, I am told my gaze is rather intense…
So not an early bird…and not a night owl…I am solidly a “progressively tired pigeon.” Yes. That is me to a T.
That being said, Joshua has encouraged my being a morning person. In our early months together he considered “sleeping in” to be 4:27am. Thankfully he is a much better sleeper these days; now I get up early in order to get work done when it is quiet and to organize myself for the day ahead.
Whether I am sitting on the couch or at our breakfast table I have the opportunity to watch light flood the landscape as dawn breaks.
I have watched dawn break in some remarkable places:
- across the waters of Lake Griffin at the Warren Willis Camp
- across the Atlantic at Cape Canavral Shores
- across the Pacific in Wahiawa, Hawaii
- across the Galilee in Tiberius, Israel
- across the Himalayas in Pokhara, Nepal
In each context the pattern holds:
- there is darkness
- the color begins to shift and shadows begin to recede
- rays reaching out from the sun extend to embrace me where I stand
- the light makes visible what was once obscured or hidden
- the light brings hope, reveals potential, and welcomes the promise of the new day
A couple years ago Bob and Debbie Spitzer gifted Andrew and me a beautiful Thomas Kinkade painting that captures dawn breaking in the mountains. They hoped it would remind us of our adventures in Nepal. It does. It also remind us of God’s promise found in Lamentations 3, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (vv. 22-23).
Christ’s Dawn awaits us as we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve in the coming week. The gift of the incarnation is the greatest expression of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness we will ever know. May the light of Christ’s Dawn shine in your life, affirming God’s love for you and your place in God’s Kingdom.
I look forward to worshipping with you
Sunday, December 23 at 8:30am Morningsong or 11am Traditional Worship with Christmas Brass.
Christmas Eve Monday, December 24 at 6:30pm – Carols, Candlelight, and Communion
Prayer: “Send, O God, into the darkness of this troubled world, the light of your Son. Let the star of your hope touch the minds of all people with the bright beams of mercy and truth; and so direct our steps that we may ever walk in the way revealed to us, as the shepherds of Bethlehem walked with joy to the manger where he dwelled, who now and ever reigns in our hearts, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”*
*The United Methodist Book of Worship 278.