My friend Stephen Barrington (Barro) writes an Advent reflection each year and distributes it on Facebook (Advent and Lent Prayer Calendar). This morning he was commenting on Isa. 9:2-7. Here’s a part of what he said:
“What a great picture of the Kingdom we have of the new world order, an alternative world in God’s kingdom, and the good news is that there is a great reversal going on. That the baby born stands with those on the margins in establishing justice and righteousness for all. A light in the darkness. An act of grace.”
Our world, our neighbourhoods, our lives can at times be dark places. Christmas is about light coming into that darkness. We recently experienced some power outages due to extreme weather and when the lights came back on (thanks to the amazing efforts of emergency workers in the worst of weather) the joy and benefit of light overcoming darkness was experienced. The marginalised in our world live in a darkness that often seems impossible to penetrate. Christmas reminds us that we have a light to shine. Jesus said that we are the light of the world. Shine on, in the darkest of places.