An Advent Reading for Saturday, December 9

Hymn 83, Arise, Your Light is Come

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1

   Throughout the book of John, Jesus refers to Himself as “the Light of the world.” This Light, by miraculous means, entered the world and forever changed it. We are to allow this Light to consume us, renew us, and transform us from the inside out, so that we might lead lives that proclaim the name of Jesus and the glory of God. 
   In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, it is all too easy to lose sight of the people, possessions, or opportunities with which we have been blessed. Regardless of the stress of work or school, financial or familial situations, let us allow ourselves to be poured into by God and His word, as well as our brothers and sisters in Christ, so that we may pour into others, both strangers and friends, as we are filled to the brim with God’s love, peace, hope, and grace in accordance with Romans 15:13, which reads, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” 
   Even amidst the toughest of times, we have so much to be thankful for. Even the breath in our lungs is enough reason to fall humbly before our God. May we keep our eyes fixed on our Heavenly Father, trusting the Light that defeated darkness. May we be led to love and help the poor, the brokenhearted, and the lost. Let us dwell in the blessings that Christ has provided for us and relish in all that He has done for us and through us. May we keep this passage from Matthew 5:16 fresh on our minds and close to our hearts: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Marie Galvan