Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. Luke 1:78-79 (NIV)

In October 1999, I found myself unemployed from a job I loved dearly. I was young, believing I’d easily find another job, but I was mistaken. My days and months were filled with growing worry as bills and overdue mortgage notices began to pile up. Despite the uncertainty, I made a brave decision to venture back to graduate school, working side jobs to keep afloat, walking a path I hadn’t planned for. At the time, it felt like wandering in the shadow of financial and emotional despair. I didn’t see it then, but God was shining his light on me, guiding my footsteps toward peace.

We often find ourselves struggling in the darkness of despair, confusion, or pain, feeling isolated. However, God, sends his glorious light, like the rising sun, to illuminate our path – a light of hope, a beacon guiding us to peace.

This divine light breaks through our darkest moments, casting away shadows of doubt, anxiety and fear. God’s rising sun is his son, Jesus Christ, who brings hope, forgiveness, salvation and peace into our lives. Jesus is a reminder of his empathetic love, compassion, and mercy toward his creation.

Reflecting on Luke’s words, let’s welcome this divine guidance into our lives. Let’s not become consumed by the world’s darkness, instead allowing God’s light to guide us through challenging times, toward a path of peace. In his mercy, God has sent us the ultimate gift of love, hope, and redemption. Hold on to this truth and step forward into his radiant light.

Prayer: Lord, let your tender mercy shine on us, guiding us from darkness to your peace.

Christopher – Inspire. Ignite. Invite.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lebanon, IN