December 22, 2019
Scripture: Isaiah 60:1
Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the LORD’s glory has shone upon you.
Thought for the Day: This is the opening verse of today’s text at Cypress Creek Christian Church, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The reader (listener in the day of the Prophet) was to arise and shine. Notice that it doesn’t say, “Arise! Bask!” It doesn’t say, “Arise! Revel or Wallow!” The Light has come, the Glory of the Lord engulfs us. We arise, for we have seen the light. But with that awakening comes responsibility. We need to shine! We never arrogantly claim to be the ultimate source of the light, but once we’ve been awakened by this experience, it burns within us. Let us feel confident in our capacity to bring the light of the Christ Child to the world, specifically those places and people we encounter every single day.
Prayer: Your light, O Lord, has come! It shines all around me, engulfing me with its warmth and welcome. Allow for that light to become a part of who I am so that wherever I am, your light can be made visible through me. Amen.
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