In the land of Zebulun and of Naphtali, beside the sea, beyond the Jordan River, in Galilee where so many Gentiles live, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.” —Matthew 4:15-16

I was in Iceland for a year when I was in the military. This time of the year in New Hampshire reminds me a little of that place— especially the cloudy, gloominess that hangs over us during the winter. I arrived in Iceland during December when it is dark most of the time. The sun would not even come over the horizon, but only the light of it could be seen. That lasted for about a week before the sun would once again peek over the horizon. It was a joy to see it again.

Spiritually, people who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ are sitting in spiritually darkness. It is an utterly complete darkness and people are so used to it that they don’t know any different. They think they are OK. Jesus, the Light of the world has come and for all those who turn from their darkness and look to Him will be saved out of the darkness and into His wonderful light. It is such a joy to be able to see and understand life from God’s perspective. Being in darkness can be discouraging, depressing and some people despair and become despondent while others see life so bleak and dismal that they contemplate death— suicide. Others seem not to have any problems and they to think they are OK. They are in dismal darkness as well. But, living in the Light of Jesus gives hope, great hope and purpose. Live for Him! Stick close to Him!

Dear Father, thank You for translating me from the kingdom of darkness reigned over by Satan and bringing me into the kingdom of Light, the kingdom of Your dear Son. Oh, may many others come into His Light as well. Help me to be an encouragement to them to come to Jesus. May it be so.

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