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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2 Corinthians 3:17, 18 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:23, 24 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.