The Other Side of Christmas: December 20

Walking in the Dark   

December 20, 2019
by Laura Artis              

Isaiah 9:2-7 (NIV) 
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. 
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Have you ever started a task and suddenly the lights went out? Did you find yourself stumbling around in the dark, trying to feel familiar objects just to help you move around or try to find a friend or family member to make sure they were okay in the sudden darkness? As soon as the light came back on, you probably felt relieved that you could see your surroundings and complete your task or felt assured that your family member or friend was now okay. However long or short-lived the darkness is, we feel a sudden discomfort when the lights are out.   
As people we were destined to walk in darkness, until God, who is rich in mercy and love for us, sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the World to be the light we need to navigate our way through life in this fallen world.  The light of Jesus gives us joy amid sorrow or pain and a blessed assurance of salvation that includes a close relationship with Him.  Because of Jesus’ birth, we can be sure that His light will direct our path, give us joy through difficult times, and peace regarding our eternal salvation. 
During this Christmas season allow the Lord to reveal the Light of Jesus through you to your family, church, and fellow man by showing them that God promises light in the darkness, joy in pain, and a Savior for those who will trust and follow Jesus. 
Father help me to show the light of Jesus to others in darkness, give us joy in times of sorrow and pain, and have the constant assurance of Your salvation.
About the author:
Laura Artis
Laura is originally from Richmond and is the youngest of a large family. She works for the Federal government and does music in many capacities in her free time. She has been at Stafford Crossing since 2015. She serves as part of the Sunday morning worship band and is involved in a small group.