Daily D – Isaiah 60:1, 19-20
Isaiah 60:1, 19, 20 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD shines over you. The sun will no longer be your light by day, and the brightness of the moon will not shine on you. The LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your splendor. Your sun will no longer set, and your moon will not fade; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and the days of your sorrow will be over. (CSB)
Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight.
GOD’s bright glory has risen for you.
That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.
John 1:4, 5
We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
My bride and I drove through a portion of Fort Worth filled with older homes that have been restored and are now decorated for Christmas. The lights and colors in the gathering dark exude welcome and wonder.
Neighbors decorate their homes stylishly and lavishly. Our friend next door paid a company to decorate her home. It is lovely. Then there is our house. The outside is unadorned. The roof is too steep and I am too uncreative to artistically arrange the lights my bride purchased so unwisely.
Inside, our tree remains in its box in the garage. We await a handyman’s arrival this afternoon to finish a project and make things ready for our faux evergreen, its adornments, and lights.
Christmas lights delight our eyes. They attract attention with their beauty. They point beyond themselves to that Day of perfect illumination.
We live in the light of a New Day. We anticipate an even more brilliant hereafter.
To those in exile, to those who had turned their hearts back to God, to those who longed for home, God spoke words of comfort, hope, and everlasting light.
Consider how light plays its part in the coming of Jesus. There is the blinding light of an angelic choir singing to shepherds on what had been a dark hillside. There was a star of such brilliance wise men from afar followed it all the way to the one born King of the Jews.
However dark is your world, however dark are your thoughts, Christmas reminds us how the Light of the World pierces all darkness. The Light of the World cannot be extinguished. The Light of the World is evidence eternity has stepped into time and draws all of us toward the eternal brightness that is our future.
How warm and wonderful are God’s words through Isaiah:
and the glory of the LORD shines over you.
I will delight myself in the Light of the World.
Our Father, your light shines all the brighter against the gathering darkness. Thank you that your light will extinguish all darkness. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“