“For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” – Luke 2:11
These are dark times, both literally and figuratively. Some will say that Christmas Day is just a Christian attempt to co-opt a Pagan holiday of the solstice. No, Christ was probably not born on December 25th, but maybe it is appropriate that we celebrate his birth shortly after the longest night of the year. Jesus is the light, brought into a dark world, and as they say, it’s always darkest before the dawn. It’s certainly dark in the world and in our country today. We have an epidemic, which has brought not just the death of people, but the death of liberty as well. Our Republic is in peril, states across the country have abandoned their allegiance to the Constitution, the following of which they now see as optional. Some of those same forces have plans for this country that would basically mean its end. They believe that in its ashes they can build a new country, their Utopia, not in His image, but their own. We know their efforts are doomed to fail, but at what cost before it does? These are dark times for many reasons, yet we are not in darkness, and need not stumble around in their darkness, but in His light. That is the light that was brought into the world roughly two thousand, twenty years ago. Those who dwell in darkness in the beginning, hate and curse those who seek and have found the light. They envy their purpose, connection, and higher calling. They envy them, then that envy turns into fascination, then ultimately they seek to be like them. That is how the cycle of dark becoming light proceeds, and that is enough to give us hope.