We Notice Light When We are in the Darkness



The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. –Isaiah 9:2

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” –John 8:12


I accidentally left my Christmas lights on all day yesterday. I didn’t notice it for awhile because the light wasn’t obvious. Those little LED bulbs got lost in the ocean of daylight. It is in the dark blanket of the night sky that those small Christmas lights become tiny beacons of beauty. (Especially in Minnesota, when it’s dark so dang much of the day.)

It seems we notice Jesus the most when we are in touch with our darkness. His light is the flickering splendor of hope in the cold black night of winter.


O Great Light of the world, come into our darkness now as you did then. Show us beauty when we see nothing but emptiness. Show us the way home when we are stumbling and can’t find our way. Shine like a beacon of beauty and hope, into our lives and into the world. Amen.


Light of the World- Lauren Daigle

“Can you hear the Angels singing? Glory, to the Light of the World.”



Noticing Immanuel: a series for Advent. Each day starts with noticing: a picture of an everyday Christmas moment. That picture leads to a verse, a meditation, a prayer, and a song. My hope is that when we see those Christmas moments a second time, they will strike us differently. That we might feel the presence of Immanuel this Christmas season, whether we are sitting in quiet or moving in chaos.