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“And light shines out in the darkness. And the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4)

Walkirk home shortly after 2 p.m., the sun was already beginning to decline. In an hour it would be disappearing behind the horizon; an hour later, total darkness. How short the days have become!

The encroaching darkness threatens even what little light remains in the day, reminding us of how our short lives are threatened at every moment by the encroaching reality of death.

At this time of year when light – and life – seems so fragile, it is more important than ever to turn towards that light that never fades, the light that shines out in the darkness, which the darkness cannot overcome.

That light came to visit us like the dawn from on high (Luke 1:78) when Christ was born at Bethlehem.

In this cold, dark winter season, may his light bring us undying hope.