Although these words of Isaiah were written thousands of years ago, they are still relevant today. They remind us that people have always been aware of the dark side of humanity in which terror, fear, and uncertainty for one’s survival has been present. Some have a doomsday mentality and think that all is lost. Some say: “Well, this world doesn’t really matter anyway. Our goal is to get to heaven.”
Beloved friends, could you look deep into the ancient words and discover that our world does matter to God? It does matter that people are oppressed. It matters that there are people working to restore human love and dignity. It matters that we care for creation with tender compassion and not abuse. This Advent season is a time to reflect upon a God that says that what happens here really does matter.
The Advent season is a time of preparation to receive the God who says we matter. When we take an honest look at what is happening in the world today, we cannot help but see it as a time of darkness in which we long for light to come. We sing the words: O come, O come, Emmanuel – – Emmanuel meaning God with us. We long for the God of great compassionate love who comes to be among us and live in us and through us and as us.
This is the promise of Christmas; this is the Hope to which we are called:
that the God who says we matter came to earth as a child born in Bethlehem to shine the light that we too may live as “little Christs”, living with the help of God’s Presence with us every day.
Arise, shine, for your light has come ~ ~ ~ Jesus is the Light of the world, and so are we! Let your light so shine.
A link that goes deeper into this theme, by C.S. Lewis:
Some Bible passages for more reflection:
Isaiah 60:1; Matthew 4:16; John 8:12 “I am the light of the world . . .”
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world . . “