Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift 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. Then 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. A 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.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is “Arise, shine for your light has come.” When I read this passage of Scripture, I think of fond memories of singing this song in worship as a young adult. For those of you who are not familiar with this song, look up “Arise, Shine, for you light has come” by Gary Alan Smith. Listen to the song. Think about how you can be a light in the darkness of this world.
O God of light and peace, guide us as we seek to be the followers of your Son Jesus Christ, the true light. Dispel the darkness that shrouds our path, that we may come to kneel before Christ in true worship, offer him our hearts and souls, and return from his presence to live as he has taught. In your holy and sacred name we pray, Amen.