The sun set on November 18, 2020 in Utqiagvik, Alaska formerly known as Barrow. It won’t rise again for another 66 days. Polar night brings near darkness to America’s northernmost town.

When the sun rises again there will be a new year, a new president and a COVID-19 vaccine. And based on 2020 who knows what else may be happening the next time there is a sunrise in this Alaskan town.

Polar night is a natural phenomenon that happens every year. It occurs each winter because the tilt of the Earth’s axis means none of the Sun’s disc is visible above the horizon. This only happens in places within the polar circles.

According to The National Weather Service the sun will not rise again until January 23, 2021 in Uyqiagvik. But there won’t be complete darkness. There are a few hours each day with enough light to see. But the people have seen their last sunset until next year.

Some Alaskans prepare for this by taking Vitamin D supplements. They may choose to have a light that mimics daylight or they have just come to accept this annual challenge. But it certainly is unique and unlike anything most Americans ever experience.

My mom used to give me this advice whenever something bad happened. The sun will come up in the morning. Whatever took place in my life that seemed disappointing or even awful, the sun would come out the next day. Life would go on and somehow, I would find a way to go on too.

And the sun will come up, tomorrow is a new day. No matter how much darkness there may be in your life, there will be light to break it. There's always hope for tomorrow. Like in the musical “Annie” the song says, “The sun will come out tomorrow, tomorrow is only a day away.”

But what if there is a time when the sun does not come up in the morning for you? What if there are 66 days before the sun comes out again in your life? Then you look to Jesus. You depend on Jesus. You don’t have to go it alone, when He has promised to always be with us.

It’s not the hope of tomorrow that we hang on to, it’s the hope we have in Jesus. He is our sure and steadfast hope. Hebrews 6:19 tells us, “This hope is like a firm and steady anchor for our souls.” And we rely on it sunrise or not.

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