Monday, December 24, 2012

Glory to the Lord by Diane Duncan (reprinted from Advent Devotions - 1996)

Isaiah 60:1-7

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

During a recent weekend visit with my five-year-old nephew, Stephen, I recall the bedtime routine.  After prayers were said and he was being tucked into bed by his grandmother, he asked her if she would leave the angel nightlight on.  Even though this was standard procedure, she assured him the angel light would be left on throughout the night.  Stephen then quickly snuggled under the covers and went to sleep.

Stephen’s uneasiness about being in the dark at night reminded me of the darkness we live in throughout our lives.  Maybe I should say the darkness we could live in. 

God has given us a wonderful gift of light.  This light is through Jesus Christ.  If we choose to let Christ enter into our lives, our “dark times” may not seem so long and hard.  Christ’s light can shine upon us and in us and we will be able to endure times of darkness, just as Stephen endured his night of darkness with the angel night light.

Heavenly Father, help us to discover the light of Christ and invite him into our lives. Amen.

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