Light is Our Joy



We bring our reflections on Light in the Darkness to a close with the birth of that Light.  This story is likely very, very familiar.  But what happens when you read it knowing that this is the story of Light in the Darkness?  Imagine being a shepherd in the field?  Hearing the angels singing with joy?  Seeing that Baby lying in a manger?  Let this story bring you Light, gratitude, and joy this week and always.

And [Mary] gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.  But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:7-20


  • Reflect on this week’s scripture.  Are there any words or ideas that especially resonate with you or challenge you?

  • This story sparkles with joyous light!  Each day read it and, like Mary, ponder it in your heart.  You don’t have any profound thoughts or insights.  Just be present to the joy of the Light of the World born into the world.

  • What from this series of reflections would you like to remember as you begin the new year?

  • Have a blessed Christmas!



Light in the darkness,

Light in the manger,

Joy of the world,

Joy of my heart,

I love you.