Day 34

The Everlasting Light

Isaiah 60:19-22, Revelation 21:1-4, Revelation 21:9-11, Revelation 21:22-26, Revelation 22:1-5

BY Tameshia Williams

Section 4: Waiting for the Light

For centuries, humans have witnessed the natural beauty of this earth. The sun lights the sky, with hues of orange and red as it sets over the horizon. The moon, full and bright, hovers above the shimmering ocean—pulling its waves towards it. The day-and-night rhythms of the sun’s and moon’s illuminations have been our reality since creation. It’s hard to imagine a time when they won’t be part of our existence. But today’s readings point us towards our future reality: one day, we will step into a new rhythm of life, with a new source of light.  

“The LORD will be your everlasting light” (Isaiah 60:19).

In Isaiah 60, God gives us a vision of what our future will look like when He returns. We’ll no longer be tethered to the solar and lunar cycles of this world. Instead, the Lord Himself will be light for us (v.19). That light speaks to more than just the physical, but it represents God’s character—including His holiness and righteousness. And as a redeemed people who will be fully transformed when Jesus returns, we will perfectly embody His righteousness. 

The seemingly stranger-than-fiction imagery from today’s readings can be hard to picture in our current surroundings, where we witness so much sin and corruption. But these scriptures, these truths, contain the hope of Advent. Our future selves will experience the wonders of a new heaven and a new earth, absent from the grief and pain that cause tears. And we will inhabit an eternal city, bursting with glorious, divine light—full of beauty, goodness, and truth. 

Advent isn’t just a season; it’s an attitude. As we step into a new year, we carry the anticipation of Jesus’s return along with us. Knowing what is in store for us gives us a deep, abiding joy that surpasses any situation. As those who belong to God’s kingdom, we are people of light. In the midst of a dark world, we can let the hope that the gospel brings shine in our lives and in the lives of those around us. 

Today’s passages from Isaiah and Revelation remind us that good things are coming, and Scripture’s glimpses of our future guarantee that it’s worth the wait. As we move out of this season of Advent, we continue to anticipate, contemplate, and celebrate this truth: one day, our transformed bodies will inhabit a new, eternal city, marked by the light and presence of our forever King (Revelation 21:22).

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  1. Skylar Hilton says:

    Happy new year, dear sisters! God has blessed all of us who are on the server with the luck to live another year

    While I was browsing reddit this morning, I saw a question that said:”How was 2021 for you personally?’ I like to be open about my life, so I’ll say it has been my happiest year yet! I have complete returned back to being Christian. And with God, I have become a better person. I was about to be bitter.. but God really did save me. Not only that, but I have thrown away my plans for the future so I can do what God wants. Can’t wait for my conversion to Catholicism to happen… 2021, for me, simply was the year I returned back to faith.

    I only hope that 2021 has been great for you, dear sisters. May God always be our guiding light. I love you

  2. Indiana Elaine says:

    I am a faithful reader here for about 3 years. I have commented very few times, but enjoy reading all the comments.

    Thank you, Tina, for your words today.
    “God is in the mix and He will make all things new..
    He will restore. He will renew.”

    This New Years Eve, I sit here with tears as my son lays in the hospital with Covid pneumonia. He is a believer, but has two small daughters that need him so much. Each night they FaceTime him and say their prayers. Today they said the infection markers are high, ICU high, but because he is feeling fairly good and they turned down the oxygen today, they are monitoring him very closely. Please pray that he is able to stay out of ICU. I am praying for the light of Jesus to heal his body.
    So many relatives are sick right now with Covid. Our frontline workers need our prayers. May God bless you in the New Year.

  3. By His Grace says:

    These Advent readings have brought to mind the song by the Gettys called “Glorious Light”

    “Glorious LIGHT see the dawn of salvation,
    Angels in white fill the sky with their wondrous song,
    Awakening earth with news of His birth
    Join the hymn of the highest heavens.

    Long has the world fought the song of the angels,
    Heavenly music is drowned by a warring world,
    Yet hope burns a LIGHT that shatters the night,
    Turn your heart to the call of glory.

    There is a day all creation has longed for,
    When all of time has been spent and the Lord returns,
    His so g we’ll repeat as Heaven completes,
    Promised peace that will fill the nations.

    Glory to God in the highest,
    Peace to men on earth,
    Come and adore Him with wonder,
    Christ, Lord of Heaven and Earth.

  4. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I have to admit that I haven’t always looked forward to Christ’s return. It’s not that I don’t want to see him face to face, it’s just this world is all that I have known and there are things I want to accomplish for him before I die.. It’s so hard for my mind to comprehend a perfect place that I live in forever. But reading these verses and really understanding how broken and dark this world can be, makes me long for heaven. Happy New’s Eve ladies!!

  5. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    I feel

  6. PJ Hill says:

    The encouragement and reminder of what is awaiting us all one day is such a positive attitude to be given as we head into the new year!

  7. Anita Langenbacher says:

    Lord we lift your name on high! We love to sing your praises!
    You came from heaven to earth, to show the way, from the earth to the cross, our debt to pay, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky!!!! Lord we lift your name on high!!!! Always waiting with our eyes turned heavenward.
    Thankful for this forum!

  8. Victoria E says:

    I’m not a very patient person. Waiting for this time to come seems so hard. And yet I cling to this hope. Angie thank you for sharing your family member’s Christmas card yesterday. And CeeGee praise Him indeed! All the prayers are still needed, yesterday I just felt overtaken by sadness out of nowhere looking at all the baby items we have amassed and feeling so excited for this one to come- the last time I felt this excited was after the first positive pregnancy test before the seven week ultrasound showed old baby had actually died and the whiplash of excitement to grief was so much for me to bear. This time around I heard God telling me not to dwell on that event that He would do something new and I firmly believe that He will. I have no idea where the sadness yesterday came from but I need prayer that the enemy does not steal the joy of these last few months of pregnancy and that God’s will will come to pass. Thank you all for a great study and a transformative year. I look forward to seeing what God does in each of our lives in 2022. Tina- praying for your friend and her baby.

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