“O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.”
Isaiah had prophesied, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shown.” (9:1).
Dawn, face of The Christ.
In you we have faith always.
Though the sun may be obscured by darkness,
the gray shroud of northern Indiana in this season,
yet the light shifts, daily, from night into day.
Though the hours of the day wax and wane,
the seasons remain constant in their rotation.
And sometimes, for the early riser, there is glory!
On this day of Solstice: full moon, longest night, you hold promise.
"By the tender mercy of our God
the dawn from on high with rise upon us
to give light to those who sit in darkness
and the shadow of death
and to guide our feet into the way of peace."