"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn." — Isaiah 60:1-3, NRSV
As a child, I remember having a night light. Many years later, when I became a dad, my children had night lights in their rooms. Though small, these nightlights gave a soft, warm glow to their rooms and gave them comfort as they settled in for the evening. That small light was a source of guidance and peace.
We are in the season of Christmas: the season of light. It is during this season that the whole world pauses to remember and celebrate the small light that shone in Bethlehem to bring guidance and peace to our lives regardless of where we are from or where we are headed.
Through restless nights — nights of praying for loved ones or seeking direction for our own lives — the light of the world still shines. When we have lost our way and the path seems invisible, the life-giving, life-saving light still shines.
In a restless world where darkness seems to be creeping in at every turn, the light still shines.
We are called to reflect His light, so that others may also see. Isaiah 60 reminds us that the darkness of the world is normal and is even to be expected; however, when things seem darkest, “the LORD will arise upon you, and His glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”
May God’s Spirit lead us into the lighted paths of God’s will, and may we be such a reflection of God’s love that others are drawn out of darkness into the light of grace!
Prayer for the Week:
O God of light and life: May we give thanks each day for the guidance You give, and may others be drawn to the light of Christ they see reflected in us. To You we give thanks, honor, and glory. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Charles W. Christian is managing editor of Holiness Today.
Written for Coffee Break with Holiness Today.