Second Sunday of Advent
December 8, 2019
LIGHT FOR THE PATH: WALKING IN DARKNESS
REV. MARY BETH HARDESTY-CROUCH
Psalm 27:1, Isaiah 9:2-7 NRSV
We can’t fully embrace the light without having experienced the darkness. We’ve all known darkness, both cosmic and personal. Having known and experienced the darkness shapes who we are but it doesn’t define our future. God is sovereign and God holds the future and God lights the Path into His future.
2 The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.
3 You have multiplied the nation,
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder.
4 For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors
and all the garments rolled in blood
shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
6 For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Isaiah 9:2-7 NRSV