January 20

Isaiah 9:1-4

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined.” vs. 2

Light and darkness are familiar metaphors in scripture! In this instance Isaiah is using them to describe the hope that has filled the hearts of the people of Judah with the coronation of a new king. Darkness, in the form of the Assyrian armies had slowly engulfed the land of Israel, but now there was hope. The new king would be light even to the conquered northern tribes. Of course the promise of a new king is fleeting–generally it isn’t long before hopes are dashed and the light begins to fade. Darkness is a pernicious and persistent enemy and it’s ready to close in at any moment. We know that well–most of us have experienced the gloom of unrealized dreams and the feeling of despair. And then there are the times when deep darkness overshadows our hearts and minds. Even the light that is ours as the children of God can flicker and fade. These are the moments for which Christ came into the world and as we turn our faces toward his holy presence we find the enlightenment for which we yearn and hope can be restored. In him light shines eternally and in him we can find our purpose and our destiny. And on our last day, when it seems like darkness has been the victor, the shroud will be lifted, and we will be welcomed into the Light, our beginning and our end.

Thought for the Day: The darkest day of my life.

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