Christmas light

Christmas seems to be filled with the brightest candles and glittery shimmers of light, and also the deepest shadows. Today, a guy holding a cardboard sign spoke into my gloomy morning. He said, “I’m blessed! Cold, but blessed!” And it made me smile.

Isaiah 9:2-7 is God speaking blessing into our lives:

The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.”

The light can blind you, but eyes can adjust. It gives you the hope of sight!

“3 You have multiplied the nation;
    you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
    as with joy at the harvest,
    as they are glad when they divide the spoil.”

Ultimate victory is achieved! (Is it even possible? Yes…because it’s not your battle).

“4 For the yoke of his burden,
    and the staff for his shoulder,
    the rod of his oppressor,
    you have broken as on the day of Midian.”

Remember stories of Gideon, the guy who was so scared he hardly went to battle? God started a war and the enemy killed themselves!

For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
    and every garment rolled in blood
    will be burned as fuel for the fire.”

Ultimate peace, no war to follow! And why?

“6 For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called[e]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

God will do it. A child? Yes, a child. Born of the line of kings. And yet, not like we would expect. He was born to a peasant family within a few miles of the palace. And later, He was almost killed by the ruling monarch. How could these tiny shoulders lift the load of a nation? He’s God. And God does not work in predictable ways.

God, thank You for light out of dark places. My heart is heavy, but I know You still work, You still offer light and hope to those who seek You, and You are victorious! Please help me to seek the peace that comes from You. And thank You for the light. Amen.

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