Good morning!

Text:  Revelation 9-10; Isaiah 60

Yesterday marked the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.  Today, there will be a wee bit more daylight.  I like that trend!  When Jesus returns and ushers in His Kingdom, His light will blaze. In the meantime, He has told us that we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).  Isaiah 60 calls God’s people to shine for Him:

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3)

It is our job as God’s people to “Rise and shine” to the end that those still in darkness might come to see the Lord.  It has been great to see the people of God shine this Christmas season as we have worshiped together, blessed others, caroled, and given gifts.  We will all interact with people in this Christmas time. It may be hectic or crowded, and that may test us just a touch.  In it all, may Jesus shine through us.  And may we all remember that Jesus is the one who is truly the light of the world.  Amen.

in Him,  Mike