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Daily reading: 9 December

God is light.

Something to read

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

- Luke 1:78-79 (from full reading v.68-79).

Something to think about

The scriptures are scattered with the use of light as a metaphor for God’s work in the world. God’s first recorded words at the start of creation are “Let there be light”, and the writer of Revelation tells us that in God’s city, there is no need for sun or moon – since God is its light.

Light is powerful: it brings warmth and comfort, and without it there would be no life.

In Luke, Zechariah (whose son, John the Baptist, has just been born) uses his first words in nine months to sing praises to God and speak of forgiveness, light and peace.

When you support the work of Christian Aid – through financial giving, taking action or praying for our work – you are joining in the Kingdom work of God. You are helping to ‘give light to those who sit in darkness’, to bring hope and peace, to restore dignity, and to help move the world one step closer to how God has always intended it to be.


Something to do

Spend a little time today thinking about how different your world looks and feels in the light. If you are able, look at the same scene at different times of the day – notice what changes, what stays the same.

Something to pray

Give light to those who sit in darkness.

Today’s contributor is Andy Campbell, a former London Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid.

Published on 09 December 2020

Resource language
  • Global
Themes – Areas of work
  • Theology
Bible reference
Luke 1:78-79