Great Light of the World

[Jason Bandura works with the Glen Elm Church of Christ and hopes to increase the attention he gives to Advent in this, his second year of observing the season.  Anything that rescues meaning from the madness of Christmas for him and his family–wife Shannon and two sweet daughters–has his attention!]

A theme of light has quickly revealed itself through the readings of Advent’s first week.

Today’s is no exception, with these stunning words from Isaiah 60:19:

“The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.”


I am daily grateful for the experience of light.

I am thankful for its sources, thankful for eyes to perceive it, thankful for the heat that often accompanies it, thankful for the growth caused its rays, thankful for all that is made possible and pleasurable while living in a light-soaked realm.

And God tells Isaiah, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.  Wait until the lights really come on!”

It may be that THAT day is still a ways off.  Or maybe not.

Regardless, the desire for more of God’s light in the lives we live and the lives of those we love can burn intensely.  If you’ve ever felt such longing or prayed out of this craving, then the song below will certainly resonate with your spirit today.


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