Prayer: Help us to walk with your light in the midst of darkness, God. Amen.
Reading: Isaiah 9:1-4 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: January is my least favorite month of the year. My wife believes I suffer from some seasonal affective disorder and I tend to agree. I don’t like the cold, dark, cloudy month of January. This weekend, my daughter and I were driving in the car and I said, “Isn’t it nice to see the sunshine!” January is just down right depressing to me!
Imagine if life was like January all the time. Maybe you like this month and for that I’m grateful. But if you are like me, you might think that this month is like the people in our text today- walking along in darkness. And then, they see the light. Jesus has come!
I don’t think it is coincidence that the season of Epiphany, when we celebrate Christ’s being revealed as the light of the world, happens during this time of year for us. Even in the dark days of January, we need to be on the lookout for the light. There, we will find joy! --Chad Hershberger
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