(RE-LIGHT ALL FOUR CANDLES)
In Isiah 52:7-10, the prophet wrote, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has made bare His holy arm
In the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see.”
“How beautiful … are the feet of the messenger who announces peace” (Isaiah 52:7). But this peace is not the absence of conflict. This is the peace that God promised to those who would believe in and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. And on this Christmas Eve, we who once lived in the darkness of sin pause to THANK GOD for giving us this light, and we pray for the day when “all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”
- Also read: Psalm 96, Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-40, Titus 2:11-14
- Suggested Hymns: O Come, All Ye Faithful! Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
One of my favorite Christmas readings was written by Susie M. Best, and it is entitled: The Miracles Dreams
|That night when in the Judean skies the mystic star dispensed its light, a blind man moved in his sleep and dreamed that he had sight.
That night when shepherds heard the song of hosts angelic choiring near, a deaf man stirred in slumber’s spell, and dreamed that he could hear.
That night when o’er the newborn babe the tender Mary rose to lean, a loathsome leper smiled in sleep, and dreamed that he was clean.
That night when to the mother’s breast the tender little king was held secure, a harlot slept a happy sleep and dreamed that she was pure.
That night when in the manger lay the sanctified who came to save, a man moved in the sleep of death, and dreamed there was no grave!