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Be the Light

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Reading: Isaiah 9: 2-7

Verse 2: “On those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned”.

Our passage today from Isaiah 9 is a good place to start Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve is a wonderful day of worship and celebration and anticipation and joy and hope and love. Tonight we worship the birth of Jesus Christ!

Isaiah 9 is a good place to start today though. The prophet announces that “on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned”. Jesus is the light and there is much reason to celebrate the light. But read again these first few words: “on those living in the land of the shadow”. Other translations render this a “land of darkness”. This too is a reality as we sit on the edge of the coming of the light.

Many people today live in the shadow or in the darkness. They’re nice enough folks, but they do not know the light. For some, their hearts are hard and they love the darkness. For some, circumstances have led them into the darkness – addictions, upbringing, poverty… And for some, they simply have never heard the good news that the light of the world brings. It is to all of these that we are called.

As the children of God, we are called to the hardened, to the sinners, to the lost and broken, to the outsiders. We are called to carry the light to them. We are called to go out and to enter the darkness, allowing the light of Christ in us to penetrate the hearts of those living outside of Jesus Christ and His love. May we be the light today so that all will know the Wonderful Counselor, the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Be the light today!

Prayer: Lord God, help me to be the light today and every day! Amen.

One thought on “Be the Light

  1. JOYFUL , JOYFUL , WE ADORE THEE , GOD OF GLORY, LORD OF LOVE ,
    HEARTS UNFOLD LIKE FLOWERS BEFORE THEE, OPENING TO THE SUN ABOVE,
    MELT, THE CLOUDS OF SIN AND SADNESS , DRIVE THE DARK OF DOUBT AWAY
    GIVER OF IMMORTAL GLADNESS, FILL US WITH THE LIGHT OF THE DAY.

    OH LOVE OF GOD , HOW RICH AND PURE.
    HOW MEASURELESS AND STRONG.
    IT SHALL FOREVERMORE ENDURE.
    THE SAINTS AND ANGELS SONG.

    OH GRANT US LIGHT THAT WE MAY KNOW THY WISDOM THOU A LONE CANT GIVE,
    THAT TRUTH MAY GUIDE US WHERE WE GO.
    ON THIS CHRISTMAS EVE DAY, MAY OUR LORD BE WITH US EACH STEP AND
    BRETHE WE TAKE. MAY WE GLORY HIS LOVE BY ARE ACTIONS.

    PURSUE THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT COME , BUT LEARN TO LEAVE THE OUTCOME TO THE LORD.
    MERRY CHRISTMASS TO ALL.

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