A Lifetime of Darkness – A Christmas Devotional

Finding Christ in the CarolsDay follows night follows day. If suddenly the earth stopped mid-sky, or reversed its direction, it would seem the end of the world.

That’s what the shepherds must have thought when their dark and silent night was pierced by an angel who shone like the sun. It is no wonder that his first words to the trembling shepherds were, “Fear not.” He then announced, “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

“Day follows night” was the essence of the message the angel proclaimed. “Spring follows winter.”

The bright and morning star is come, Dayspring, to shine into the darkness … of the soul … of the heart.

There are things we expect. And there are things so unexpected that they cause us to catch our breath or shield our eyes or fall upon our knees. They wake the heart with wonder.

The sky is riven. Angels sing glory to God in the highest.

Light shines down. And after a lifetime of darkness, we see.


This reading is an excerpt of a devotional from Finding Christ in the Carols, a devotional inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available this month for only $2.99 on Amazon, Finding Christ in the Carols will help you find moments of personal devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.


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