The dawn breaks on the longest night of the year. The light of morning pierces into the darkness of night, reminding us of hope’s presence. Many of you have been walking through the longest night of your lives for sometime now. Perhaps it is the loss of a loved one, the never-ending battle with addiction, the shadows of depression, or a broken relationship that has thrust you into a dark night of the soul. You find yourself echoing the words of Job, “When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’ The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.” The dawn is coming.
The season of good tidings and cheer feels like anything but. Pretending as though “everything is fine” and steps are being made to “move on” when now, especially now, in this season, it seems as though the darkness consumes you. Where is hope? Peace? Joy? Love? They continue to be unfound as you stumble through the night.
And yet, you keep looking. This is the action of hope. Keep watch for the light of day because the dawn is about to break.
“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)
Cry out in your darkness and look for a hand to hold. No one says you must search until daybreak alone. The dawn is coming.
The One who is Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love promises to be found by us when we seek him. May you continue to find the strength to keep looking for hope and know that Hope is looking for you as the dawn is about to break.