Friday, December 23, 2016

Light in the Darkness

photo of Castle Rock by Colin Shreffler

As we approach our town from the north, we come around a big bend with evergreen-covered mountains on either side. Then rather quickly, a sprawling valley opens up before us.  It is a dramatic sight at any time, but during December it is a nearly biblical view. 

Atop the huge rock for which the town is named, there is a man-made star lit up for all to see from miles around in every direction. Below that rock the town spreads out. 

From that line of thought it is not hard to imagine the angelic host appearing over the meadow to shepherds tending their flocks by night. The scene reminds me of the carol, "O Little Town of Bethlehem."

While the scene sounds idyllic to us, in actuality so many centuries later, it was a terrifying sight to the men to see the sky so suddenly lit up like that. Other than the occasional shooting star, they were not accustomed, as we are, to much of anything moving in the nighttime skies. There were no airplanes, no satellites, no fireworks, no drones -- nothing at all like that.

We have to use our imagination to understand that amazing scene. Something very wondrous, unusual, and yet predicted for hundreds of years, was taking place. The birth of God's plan for our salvation was happening in a quiet stable not too far away.

The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light. 
For those who live in a land of deep darkness, 
a light will shine.
Isaiah 9:2 NLT


For unto you is born this day

in the city of David a Savior,
which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 
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,
and on earth peace,
good will toward men.
Luke 2:11-14


The virgin will conceive and
give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel
(which means God with us).
Matthew 1:23


  1. Beautiful...have a very Hearty Merry Christmas, friend.

  2. The real significance of Christmas is Jesus!

  3. Wow...that is an incredible sight. "Almost Biblical" is such an apt description. And that Holy had to have been the most amazing thing for those shepherds, but it would be amazing for us even as used to night time lights as we are. How many are a heavenly host? One singing angel would impress me. =D