Advent 2012: Day

Arise, shine! for your light has come


Today's Text: Isaiah 60:1-5

Text: Isaiah 60:1-5
Homecoming.  Reunion.  Family.This trio of words can bring about a mix of emotions: joy, heartache, pain, unity. Imagine a homecoming so joyous, so radiant—so full of love.

Verse 5 tells us: “And your eyes will shine, and your heart will thrill with joy.” [NLT]

Even if this season of homecoming brings feelings that are heavy, there is a homecoming to cling to.  A promise from our heavenly father we can hold fast to this season.

Is the holiday season–or the thought of homecoming–something that makes you cringe?  Perhaps it brings about deep hurts caused by our broken humanity.

Sister, I believe sometimes we need to get a bit more specific in our prayers–He wants us to talk with Him as we’d talk with our closest friend.  

Pray that He would be your focus this season.  Pray that you would maintain an eternal perspective when the pain wells up.  Remember His promise in John 14?  Verse 3 tells us: And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. [NIV]

Now that is a promise.  

  • I pray that I will make the coming of our Lord Jesus my focus this season.

  • Yes, we live in a fallen world. But this world is not our home, we are just passing through on our way to heaven where Jesus is preparing a mansion for us, where there is no sickness or sorrow. In John 16:33, He tells us, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Praise the Lord that in Him & Him only we can have peace.

  • “For the glory of the LORD rises to shine on you.” (vs.1B NLT)
    “RISES” connotes to me purpose; reason for being (even if just for that moment/season). It draws my attention to the question “why do you/me wake up in the morning?” I reflect and say, “to align with God so He can use me.” Then immediately I am drawn to an alertness of that verse that the glory of the LORD rises with purpose too: to shine on you.

    Even in the wake of such tragedy and as we pray without ceasing, let us never forget we are called to SERVE a dark world, and the glory of God rises to shine on us so we can do and be what God needs to glorify himself in ALL situations. Even Friday’s. GO BE GREAT. LIVING A LIFE OF PURPOSE, ALWAYS ALIGNED WITH GOD. Selah.

  • Tahwahnah

    We are yet reminded one more time of the fallen world, but the good new is “He has overcome.” My heart goes out to those in terrible pain losing their loved ones at this time and in this season. It just doesn’t make sense. May God fill their hearts and in their hour of need, in the shadows of their valley of death, may they feel the great comforter’s love and healing peace. The one who gives peace that passes all understanding, may he guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

  • Homecoming. Reunion. Family. Three words that are especially poignant today.
    So much love to the families in Connecticut.

  • mkoentopp

    "See darkness covers the earth, and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you" ~Isaiah 60:2

    Was God trying to tell us something earlier today when we read this? I didn't get to read this until now, but saw people's posts all through the day about this verse. So much darkness today. But our God shine brighter and truer.

    My heart is breaking for those involved in today's shooting. May God's angel armies be with them today.

  • Needed to be reminded of these promises today. Still in shock!

  • Especially after a day like today, I am so comforted by these promises. God is SO MUCH BIGGER than all of the evil in this world, and he SHINES BRIGHTER than anything. He has OVERCOME this world, and we can take great COMFORT in that. Praying for the comfort and healing today that only HE can provide.

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