78because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79to 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)
Thoughts: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" quotes Malachi 4:2 when he calls Jesus the "sun of righteousness." For those who revere God and his holy name the sun of righteousness will rise, bringing healing and causing the darkness to flee. The sun rising on the darkness shows what is right and true- whereas darkness represents groping around with no meaning, stumbling and lostness. But when dawn comes, there is hope, healing, and strength. The rising sun gives hope to those who are living in darkness. Jesus is the rising sun here. He gives hope and life to us.
The eclipse is a mid-day symbol that darkness may cover the light for awhile, and we may live in darkness for a time- but light shines in the end. God brings hope always.
Prayer: Lord, when I am in darkness, help me to trust that your light will come again. Help me to trust in Jesus as my hope that comes down for me.