Darkness and Light – A Reflection on Isaiah 9

Darkness and Light – A Reflection on Isaiah 9

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 "The people who walk in darkness..."

Is there a more appropriate description for today, "walking in darkness?" Everywhere, there are discussions, debates, diatribes and demonstrations about the tragic deaths in Ferguson, Missouri and Tottenville, Staten Island, about domestic violence and immigration and deadlock in Washington.
There is confusion, and fear, and uncertainty. How do we make our way? How can we see ahead? That's what darkness does in and to people.
Every day I find myself praying with pastors about how to lead their church in times like this. Perhaps in recent memory have no times pressed the church to respond to these gloomy social realities like our times. It is a heavy burden for Christian leaders to carry.
Even the time of year matches the darkness in and around us. linfield webadvisor . The days are getting shorter. Darkness comes earlier now and lasts for longer than any other time on the calendar.

"have seen a great light"

What is needed most in darkness? Light, of course. But what light? And whose? Where does that light come from? Later in Isaiah, the prophet warns those who walk in darkness and light their own fires to see the way ahead: "You will lie down in torment."
He then says, "Let him who walks in darkness, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord, and rely on His God" (50:10-11). In other words, let God provide the light you need.
Surely this is what we proclaim at Christmas. ubuntu server "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light...For to us a child is born, to us a son is given" (Isaiah 9:2-6). The Light God has provided for us in these dark times is Jesus.
Our prayer for you this Christmas is that you will be courageous and bold to declare and to demonstrate that Jesus is God's light, the light of all men that shines in the darkness, and the darkness can not extinguish it (John 1:5).
George T. Russ