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.
Look for and participate in justice and peace today. Share your thoughts.
“To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Luke 2:11, NRSV
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This week we remember: Stephen (December 26).
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