2017 Advent Devo 10

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In Darkness, a Great Light

Read Isaiah 9:2-9

I often fail to recognize that the world we live in is not so very different from the world in which the prophet Isaiah lived. Truly, there are times when the wonderful Creation in which we live seems as dark, lonely and fearful a place as it must have seemed to Isaiah and the Israelites in their day.

It was into this dark world that the angel of the Lord came to announce the birth of the Light of the World, our Lord, Jesus Christ, saying to the terrified shepherds, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”

During this holy season of anticipation and waiting, once again comes Emmanuel, God with us, to bring light to our darkness, to ease our fears, to restore justice to all His people and to give us hope for the future. Let us join with Isaiah in rejoicing in the Christ child who was born for us. Let us, like John the Baptist, “testify to the light, so that all might believe through Him.” It is our Lord who is the One through whom all things came into being and in whom is life, the One in whom there is life, which is the light of all people, the One which shines in the darkness but who will never be overcome by darkness. Let us remember the words of 1 Peter 2:9: that we, “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that we may proclaim the mighty acts of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

Prayer: Lord, it has been many years since your prophet, Isaiah spoke words of hope to the children of Israel; and yet, many of your children walk in darkness even now. During this holy season of Advent, as we await the coming of the Prince of Peace, lighten our darkness, increase our joy and help us to share your holy light with all the world. Amen.

- Tom Steele




Last Published: December 12, 2017 1:08 PM
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