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November 28 | Isaiah 9:1-7


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by Elaine Pierce

Sunrises are among my favorite things. There is something magical about watching the sky prepare for the sun's arrival (I know, I know, that's not a scientific description, but you know what I mean!). The sky slowly starts to lighten - often in shades of pinks and roses and reds. Then, if you're lucky enough to be on a beach, you will see a greater intensity of deep oranges and reds as the sun's arc pops up over the horizon. Seeing a beautiful sunrise is a wonderful way to start your day. The darkness is gone - the sun is up. A new day has begun.

In today's reading, verse 2 says that 'the people walking in darkness have seen a great light.' What is that light? What has 'enlarged the nation and increased their joy?' A child is born. A son is given. He will be called Wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father.

In John 8:12, Jesus says, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Jesus makes it clear who the light is, doesn't he? We don't have to walk in darkness. The light has come.

Yes, sunrises are beautiful. They are just one example of God's incredibly diverse creation and his handiwork. He will not leave us in darkness. He has given us his son, the light.

Advent is upon us. The season of waiting for the savior, the one true light, begins today. It is all too easy to get wrapped up in the outer trappings of this season (what do I get for you? who is coming for Christmas dinner? how will I buy everything on time and on budget? when am I going to get the decorations up? and on and on and on.....). Join me in turning our hearts to walking in the light, and rejoicing that the Savior has come.

He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:7)


Dear Jesus, give us eyes to see the beauty of each sunrise and then to remember the verse in John 8:12. " "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Amen

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