Merry Christmas! Our Light Has Come.

24 Dec

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The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.

For those who lived in a land of deep shadows—
light! sunbursts of light!
You repopulated the nation,
you expanded its joy.

Oh, they’re so glad in your presence!
Festival joy!
The joy of a great celebration,
sharing rich gifts and warm greetings.

The abuse of oppressors and cruelty of tyrants—
all their whips and cudgels and curses—
Is gone, done away with, a deliverance
as surprising and sudden as Gideon’s old victory over Midian.

The boots of all those invading troops,
along with their shirts soaked with innocent blood,
Will be piled in a heap and burned,
a fire that will burn for days!

For a child has been born—for us!
the gift of a son—for us!

He’ll take over
the running of the world.

His names will be:
Amazing Counselor,
Strong God,
Eternal Father,
Prince of Wholeness.

His ruling authority will grow,
and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.
He’ll rule from the historic David throne
over that promised kingdom.

He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing
and keep it going

With fair dealing and right living,
beginning now and lasting always.

The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armies
will do all this.

ISAIAH 9:2-7 (The Message)

Let it be on earth as it is in heaven.
Merry Christmas!

FOR FURTHER REFLECTION

Read the passage again, slowly. Notice what word or phrase stands out to you. Spend some time meditating on that word or phrase, noticing what feelings and thoughts it brings up for you. What hopes, desires or memories does it evoke? Let this be a sacred prayer space where your heart can deeply connect with God.