12-10-11 Isaiah 60:1-3 The draw of light
Walking in the dark is not something I do very well. When I was younger and either attending or serving as a counselor at different camps, I always made sure my flashlight was near at hand and on the ready. In some of those camps it could be extremely dangerous to walk around in the dark, alone, at night.
Yet even in this season that celebrates light in so many ways, there are many walking around in the darkness, and it’s just as dangerous for them. Financial concerns have doused their hopes for security. Relationship woes have left them vulnerable and afraid to trust, to love. Nothing is going the way they dreamed it would. They feel alone. They feel lost. It is to them that Isaiah seems to be shouting across the centuries. “Wake up. The light you need to dispel the terrible darkness that blakets and blinds you has come, and his name is Emmanuel, God with us.”
Our prayer for today: Father, keep your light shining through me today so that the light of your love will be able to lead someone from the oppressive darkness they are wandering in back to the safety of your great love. Give me courage to whisper a wake up call, your call to arise! Amen.