December 6th Advent Devotional

Shades of life

Jen Boyd

Isaiah 9:1-7

Light is often acquainted with good and dark with bad.  Today’s reading offers us such a view.  We are more “comfortable” with these stark contrasts: right or wrong; up or down; backwards or forwards. We think that we will know where we stand, what are the clear answers to life, the universe and everything.

God created this world to be multifaceted, filled with a multitude of colors and shades.   We need both light and darkness, all the shades and colors in between.  God’s creativity gives definition to our world, our lives and our relationships.  The varying contrasts afford us different perspectives and outlooks.  We need the darkness as well as the light – not as things that are good or bad, but to give us a fuller rather than flat view of life.

In our passage today, the darkness is not obliterated, but offers us the ability to see in a different way.  The light does not blind us, but reveals a glimpse of the life that God has given us in all its fullness.


Action: Notice the relationship between light and shadows today.  See how they enrich each other.  Give thanks to God for these varying shades of life.


Prayer:  Creator of all, you fill our world with beauty and wonder.  Help us to recognize your handiwork in all its shades and colors as we relate to one another as well as to the world around us.  We pray this in the name of the God of wonder.  Amen.

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