Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

The Longest Night

This night, December 21, the winter solstice, gives us the longest night of the year. Yes, the light has progressively waned to this point, but now the light of day will begin to increase. Cosmologically, our little planet is tilted twenty-two degrees relative to its orbit around the sun, which provides us with the changing light, and the changing seasons. It is also the annual time we observe the birth of Jesus our Savior. It seems perfect to me that we celebrate His birth right around the time of year visited by maximum darkness. I trust you’ll agree: It’s time for the Light to increase. 

So, whether you are feeling great these days, or, if the gray of our Oregon winter tends to get you down, then look with me to Jesus and let Him light your way. He is the Light that you need, especially in this season. Add these verses of light to your thoughts today.

John 1:4, 5, 9, 12 “In Him is life, and the life is the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. [And to] as many as receive Him, to them He gives the power to become children of God – to those who believe in His name…”  (NKJV)

1 John 1:5, 7, 9 “… the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all… if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin… if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  (NKJV)

Psalm 27:1, 13-14 “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, upon the Lord.”  (NKJV)

The happiest of Christmases to you and yours. 

Lighten up!


Pastor Rich Marshall

PS: As 2017 draws to a rapid close, consider a year end gift to WSFC. Our 5th Sunday Mission offering will be received on Sunday, December 31. If you send it by mail it must be postmarked by December 31 to be included in your 2017 giving. But also, plan to keep giving faithfully as January 2018 begins. Invest your resources where the Gospel is alive, in the Kingdom of our Lord.