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From Darkness to Light

Today’s Reflection

READ ISAIAH 9:1-7….Take time to enter deeply into this vision about the coming of the royal child by reading the passage aloud to yourself and then prayerfully allowing your imagination to give life to the sequence of images in the text.

Envision the light dawning on people who live in great darkness; the breaking of the bar of oppression; the stilling of the fever of war; the appearance of the divinely given child who brings the time of justice and peace.

Let yourself see the child vividly; perhaps the child is shining with God’s light. Imagine that light touching your life. Imagine the light bringing light to the darkness in the world. You might accompany your meditation with selections from Handel’s Messiah if you have a recording, or use favorite Christmas hymns or anthems.

– Kara Lassen Oliver
Meeting the Messiah

From pp. 74–75 of Meeting the Messiah: Scriptures for the Advent Season, compiled and introduced by Kara Lassen Oliver. Copyright © 2010 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Look for and participate in justice and peace today. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Luke 2:11, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are working more than one job. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Stephen (December 26).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Lou December 25, 2017, 12:30 am

    A blessed Christmas to all-
    Praying for those with health concerns and for those who are lonely during this Christmas season-

  • Jill December 25, 2017, 5:05 am

    Good morning and Merry Christmas to those who gather here!
    Father – thank You for the Gift of Your Son. Thank You for desiring to change us, to mold us to look more like Him. Continue Your work in our lives. Lead us to deeper obedience.

  • robert moeller December 25, 2017, 6:53 am

    Thankful that Jesus, Emanuel, came, lived on earth, taught, an provided an example for us to follow. Then Jesus gave Himself up for us, paying for our sins, that when we falter, we can be reconciled, forgiven, and through the grace of God be righteous before our Creator.

    Prayers for everyone needing God. Lean on Jesus who saves.

    Blessings to all on this very holy day.

  • Connie December 25, 2017, 7:17 am

    And so, it has come to pass.
    Blessings on this snowy day.

  • Andrea December 25, 2017, 7:55 am

    Merry Christmas to all who gather here. For unto us a Child is borne!

  • Julie December 25, 2017, 8:38 am

    Merry Christmas to all UR community
    Blessings and prayers on this holy day

  • Stephen Walket December 25, 2017, 8:52 am

    Emmanuel. Our God is truly with us. Rejoice!! Spread the good news!’

  • April December 25, 2017, 9:09 am

    Joy to the World, the Lord has Come!!
    Joy to our UR family.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling December 25, 2017, 10:46 am

    Merry Christmas!

  • robert moeller December 25, 2017, 11:31 am

    Amen, Stephen, April, and Mary. Just back from my walk on the snowy roads of southeast Stowe Vermont. Beautiful with fresh snow.

    Blessings on this holy day when we remember a wonderful truth.

  • tori December 25, 2017, 11:41 am

    Merry CHRISTmas and Joy to the World !!!
    Thank you Lord!

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling December 25, 2017, 10:47 pm

    Please pray for my helper. Her mum is also in the hospital. Also, my dad discharge tube is block so need to do some more wound treatment.

    Thanks for your. Prayer support.


    • robert moeller December 26, 2017, 1:23 am

      Mary, prayers for your helper’s mum in the hospital and for your dad. Praying the doctors have God’s wisdom to do what is needed to resolve the problem.
      God is with you and your family.

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling December 26, 2017, 1:58 am

        Thanks so much Robert!


  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling December 26, 2017, 10:48 am

    I managed to wake my mum up last night when i returned home from work to persuade her to finished a bowl of noodle and egg before she went back to sleep.

    I thank God for blessing mum with a better appetite.

    Thanks for all your prayers.


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