Christmas Eve: There Will Be Sun
Today's Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7
I love the movie “Groundhog Day” (Pastor Dave is already regretting letting me write the Christmas Eve devotional). This Bill Murray classic tells the story of Phil Connors, a weatherman forced to relive the same day over and over again in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The movie struck such a strong chord with people because life does often feel like the same day over and over again, doesn’t it? We get stuck in rhythms and patterns that can make it feel like it’s always winter and never Christmas.
More recently, the movie was adapted into a Broadway musical. The opening song paints a picture of the longing for a new day.
Tomorrow spring will come and then
There will be blue skies my friend
Bright eyes and laughter
Tomorrow there will be sun
And if not tomorrow
Then perhaps the day after.
After years of longing. After years of prophecies. After years of waiting, the world would finally experience the birth of our Lord. This little baby with the force to change the course of humanity, the joy to give hope to millions and the peace that even allowed Linus to drop his blanket.
While I’m a huge Broadway fan, and I believe “Groundhog Day” to be a wonderful musical, Isaiah’s words are equally poetic:
“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
As we wrap up 2019, there’s no doubt that some of us had a year of “Always Winter.” And unlike Phil Connors, your story isn’t guaranteed to resolve in under two hours. We will always have seasons of winter. We will always have seasons of change and longing. But tomorrow we get to celebrate the hope and peace given to us by God through a little baby boy.
After his birth, the shepherds went and worshiped, the wise men told anyone who would listen, and Mary pondered and treasured all that had happened in her heart. However you choose to celebrate tomorrow, celebrate. Celebrate in the joy. Celebrate in the pain. Celebrate right exactly where you are and know… there will be sun.
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