December 19th Advent Devotional

Good Morning

Robb McCoy

Isaiah 60:1-9

 “Good morning, Good morning! Get up, get out of bed, good morning, good morning, to you!” This is my version of the famous show tune from Singing in the Rain. I know it’s not the right words, but it is what I sing to my two daughters when I wake them for school. If you asked them, I’m sure they would tell you that I am terribly annoying in the morning, pestering them to wake up, eat breakfast, and comb their hair. Every morning I sing because I want them to embrace the day and see the glorious light of God that is all around.

This passage comes at the end of a long, dark night. Israel has been in the darkness and despair of exile. God is rousing the people with a chorus of light, encouragement, and hope. “Arise! Shine! Your light has come!” This is a text we often use for Epiphany. It goes well for the day that we remember the guests from far-off lands that came to bring gifts to the Holy Family.

What does it tell us at Advent? It is funny; I don’t have to sing to my girls on Christmas morning. They have a way of bounding up without much prodding on that day. God is rousing the people to a new day, and to see the glorious light that is all around. We don’t have to wait until Christmas morning to be roused. Good morning, Good morning, to you!

Instead of bowing to close your eyes to pray, follow the words of Isaiah, lift your eyes and look all around. See the radiant light of God. Bask in the beauty that surrounds you right here and now. Take deep, cleansing breaths, and reflect on the riches and abundance that are all around.

Robb McCoy is the pastor of Two Rivers United Methodist Church in Rock Island, Illinois; and the co-producer of the Pulpit Fiction Podcasts and Pulpit Fiction Narrative Cast: two lectionary Bible studies for preachers, seekers, and Bible geeks.

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