Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
In a narrow canyon in Norway, a little village didn't get a whole lot of sunlight. But one day that changed. "Those who lived in a land of deep darkness" were brought into the light. It changed their lives.
For material based on today's epistle text, see "The Bethlehem Wall," December 24, 2008, at HomileticsOnline.com.
As anyone who's lived through an extended power failure knows, light is a resource most of us take for granted until it's unexpectedly absent. When a blown transformer takes down our little corner of the power grid, sunset imposes a darkness so deep it weighs heavily on the soul. We learn anew how welcome is the dawn.
Now, imagine going without a sunrise for half the year! Imagine living in a sort of shadowland, in which dawn is but a distant dream. Noonday in such a place is not much brighter than twilight elsewhere.
Such was the daily lot of the remote Norwegian village of Rjukan, west of Oslo, in the mountainous interior of that wintry land....