But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 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. 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. 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.
Food for Thought:
God of Brilliant light, through the cross you shattered the darkness of the world. You scattered the fears that bind us and you set us free to live as your children. Give us the courage and tenacity to go out into this world, shining light in all those dark places of this world. May we shine our light proudly so that people will know that we are Christians by our love. In your name we pray, Amen.