The song made famous by Sam Cooke has been heard from many radio and stereo speakers, speaking about a change of times. Our newly elected President ran his entire campaign based on the idea of it being time for a CHANGE and not just more of the same. Right now we as a country are in need of a change, indeed we are begging for a change as we face an economic and employment recession that is the harshest since the 1920's depression.
Especially today December 30th we are moving towards change and transition as we move from one year 2008- to a new year 2009, as we move from Advent to Christmas to Epiphany Sunday. Change is coming.
As we look toward our scripture of focus today from Isaiah 60:1-6, we see that the prophet was also talking about change as well.
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 2For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. 3Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
4Lift up your eyes and look around;
they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away,
and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms. 5Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you. 6A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.
The prophet reminds us to arise and see the light of the future, its promise and possibilities. But we are also challenged to let others see the light in us that comes from Christ. this New Years season let someone see the light in you shining bright because of your relationship to God through Christ Jesus. This New Years season, don't be saddened or bound by the past but look forward to the possibilities of the future.
Until next time, Be Well.
Love Pastor J.