This morning I was reading through Luke 1. A section from Zechariah’s (the father of John the Baptist) prayer at the end of the chapter caught my eye.
“Because of our God’s merciful compassion,
the Dawn from on high will visit us
to shine on those who live in darkness
and the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1: 78-79 HCSB
The Dawn from on high will visit us.
I love how the Holman translation uses the word Dawn to describe Jesus, the Hope of the world, coming down to earth. The King James version says “dayspring” and Eugene Peterson’s, The Message, gives us this beautiful picture:
“Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
God’s Sunrise will break in upon us,
Shining on those in the darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
Then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
down the path of peace.” Luke 1: 78-79 Message
I can’t read these verses and not be filled with a sense of hope. Sunrises, the beginning of fresh starts and new chapters will often come wrapped up in a bow of joyful anticipation.
I realized, after pausing to think about these words, dawn, dayspring, and sunrise, that I named my last blog post: “Joining the Sunrise Search Party” and a portion of lyrics from the song I shared at end of that post came to mind.
“Light glorious light I will go where You shine. Break the dawn, crack the skies, make the way bright before me.”
Lord, I want my eyes to always be looking for the sunrise, Your Sunrise. I want to see it, receive it, and trust in it. I want to walk in the light that illuminates Your path. And when life and situations seem hopelessIy bleak, I want to remember, Your Sunrise came for us. I want join hands with others along the path and walk the long road together, one foot a time. I want to shift our gaze (which can so easily gravitate towards faithlessness) back to the incredible beauty stretched across the horizon pointing and directing our feet back home…morning after morning.