Lighting Up the Polar Night
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.
If you’re planning a Christmas trip to Tromsø, Norway, don’t pack your sunglasses. Between November and January the sun never rises there. This town, which sits on an island about the size of Manhattan, is the second-most populated place north of the Arctic Circle. Every fall, its 70,000 residents face the prospect of spending the winter in perpetual polar night.
Would you find it difficult to live where the sun never rises? In a spiritual sense, that’s where we’re living now. This world is spiritually dark, and its inhabitants are blinded to the truth. Every morning they awaken to darkness, failing to recognize Him who said: “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).
We have what the world needs—the light of the world, Jesus Christ. Let your character and conduct reflect Him today. The Bible says, “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:14-15).