Tonight at 11:49 pm EST is the darkest time of the year as the winter solstice occurs. (Universal time, 4:49 12/22). Historians and theologians say it’s no coincidence that we celebrate Jesus’ birth a few days later, on December 25 as the light begins to dawn on the darkness more each day. No coincidence that Jesus is found by the light of a star. This year seems to be a particularly dark time in the world with ISIS persecuting people for their beliefs across the globe…and politicians in our country lying just to win. It’s hard to see the light, the truth, the hope. For some people, there may be darkness in their own lives…loneliness, doubt, sickness, sadness. It is especially hard for them to see the light of hope. I am reminded that we need to be examples of Christ as much as we can be now more than ever, to bring the light of truth and hope to others – with kindness, forgiveness, honesty, compassion and love. Jesus says “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12). Lord, help me to try to see the light of Your truth and hope, and in turn, spread Your light to those around me, especially those who are in the dark.