Let nothing you dismay

to give light to those

The sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet in the way of peace – Luke 1.78-9

These were Zechariah’s first words in months. God muted his voice when he refused to believe God’s message that he would soon be a dad. He knew he and his wife were too old.

But it proved true, John the Baptist was born, Zechariah’s voice returned, and now he was the one with the message of something unbelievably good happening soon.

For Zechariah and the people at that time, his words were a prophecy of what was to come.

For us his words remind us that what was to come HAS COME, and is true now.

The sunrise has visited and is giving light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.

The sunrise is guiding our feet in the way of peace.

Right now.

Wherever darkness and shadows grip your thinking, your family, your hopes and dreams, there is a sunrise giving light.

Your feet may feel stuck in disagreement, disharmony, fighting, and war, but there is a light guiding you in the way of peace.

In the darkness you can be like Zechariah and just see the dark. Or you can look for the hint of grey and blue. The peach, vermilion, and red are nearby.

Tidings of comfort and joy. The sunrise is here.

And Christmas is the celebration of its first rising.

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat a sunrise or hope – Bernard Williams

Where do you see a sunrise today?

About the Author


Gary Morland helps you feel better about your most challenging family relationships, and helps you actually improve those relationships - all by adopting simple attitudes, perspectives, expectations, and actions (the same ones that changed him and his family).


  1. I love this! I just shared this verse with a group of ladies a couple of weeks ago because it spoke so clearly to my heart about the purpose of this season. I will remember your suggestion of letting the sunrise be our reminder! I need that daily reminder to be guided in the path of peace instead of frantically trying to make my own way.

  2. Carrie

    Wow, I’ve never focused on Zechariah’s first words after John the Baptist was born. Beautiful and encouraging.

  3. m

    This little light of mine…thx u, G!!! Your wisdom is a welcomed addition, to our lives…such a blessing, you are:) <3 M

  4. Yuko Kato-Jones

    Thank you for such a beautiful reminder, Gary. There’s always a sunrise and so is our hope. I found your message very encouraging, as always. Wishing you a Christmas filled with laughter and joy. ox Yuko

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