It’s Christmas Eve and I was contemplating, inspired by the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I thought of this reality:
As annual Christmas celebrations winds down, our season of waiting for that Great Day of His Glorious Appearing continues. Our Advent continues. May these words from Isaiah 9 add meaning to your celebration.
The people who walked in darkness. have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end…