December 20th Advent Devotional

Be Our Light

Anne Knighten

Isaiah 60:1-9

 The days are growing darker in the Northern Hemisphere as we approach the winter solstice. As the days shorten, we becoming increasingly aware of the need for light. When light is abundant, we tend to take it for granted. It is only when we lack something that our need for it comes to the forefront of our thoughts. In this passage from Isaiah, written during a time of captivity, the prophet tells of a time when the light will return. Though darkness covers the earth and its people, God’s light will come and overcome that darkness. Those who have been dispersed will be gathered home, the people who have been exiled will be redeemed, and all nations will flock toward the light. As we wait for the great feast of Christmas, we look at the darkness of sin that plagues our world: at gun violence, addiction, intolerance, and hatred that destroy lives and the relationships people should have with one another. In such dark days, we know our need for the light of Christ to pierce and overcome the darkness.  May the light of Christ shine within us so that those of us who bear witness to it can bring that light into our families, communities, and nations. Arise, shine, for your light has come!

 Sing Christ Be Our Light by Bernadette Farrell, which can be found in many hymnals and on YouTube.

Anne Knighten is a senior MDiv student at Luther Seminary. She and her husband live in Southern California.

©2019 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group.  This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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