The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.
3 You have multiplied the nation,
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder.
4 For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors
and all the garments rolled in blood
shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
6 For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Have you ever been around someone who is more of a “glass half-empty” type of person? Someone who can find the negative in anything that comes their way? They can find $20 on the ground and are disappointed that it isn't more. They could have a job interview for their dream job, but have no hope that they will get it. I know I have come across a few of these people in my life and I just want to scream, “Cheer up, buttercup!” You start to feel sad for these people because you wonder if they know they love and the light of Christ. Today’s reading from Isaiah speaks of hope and love—the hope and love of the promised Messiah. It makes me feel the love that is protecting me every day and it brings a “light at the end of a tunnel” feeling. We get sad when something we want or worked for didn’t happen, but it does not mean that God isn’t with us. It means, instead, that God has something even better planned and ready for us.
Heavenly Father, thank you for always shining your light of love and hope in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Amanda Lawler Administrative Assistant for Office and Communications