Isaiah 9: 2-7
“2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. 4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” —Isaiah 9: 2-7
In our day and time, the darkness can be very real in those brief moments when we are completely honest with ourselves. It (the night) at times seems endless. People seem to take pleasure in witnessing each other’s pain, or worse yet, contributing to it. Whether it is countries at war, politics that divide and destroy, disease that often finds the innocent, or the everyday dysfunctions that we all experience in contemporary life, left on its own, our existence can appear hopeless at times. We become experts at ignoring it and pretending that it is not there but deep down we know just how lost we all are. However, deep within the memory of this world there is the old story handed down through generation after generation that speaks to a great expectation that has visited humankind in the midst of its pain and begun to dispel this darkness. It is an expectation that is defined by the very hope that it instills. It has been called the great, “I AM”.
Every year as Christian Faith Communities recognize the season of Advent, they give a stamp of validity to this expectation that has broken into our reality, into our obscurity. And it is in that breaking in that light has come. Not just any light but the light that dispels the very darkness that keeps us from being who we were truly created to be! The Prophet says it best when he describes this moment of realization as absolute and unadulterated joy!
So as we remember and we celebrate, let us forever be thankful for the child that was born. Jesus the Savior of the world!