Celebrating Christmas the Second Week Monday 2 January 2017
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
This is how you can know the Spirit of God:
every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in the flesh belongs to God,
and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus. 1 John 3
“The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen.” Mt. 4
Jesus hears that John has been jailed.
He realises His time has come.
He begins by quoting Isaiah, chapter 8.
He is the light who has come into our lives,
which are so often overshadowed by death, in so many ways.
In this week before Epiphany, let us keep letting the Light
shine into the places of darkness within us and around us.
And where we have seen and felt His enlightening, freeing presence,
let us continue to rejoice with Christmas joy.
Your radiant light blazes in my world today.
I know I will have difficult times
and the darkness will gather around me again.
But today the shining light of Your love
comes into my life and frees me.
There are other days that are shadowy,
when I don’t always know where I am going, Lord.
When the gloom gathers in my life, lead me through it.
I will reach out my hand in the darkness,
put aside my fears
and walk next to You, comforted by Your presence
and the warmth of Your unending love.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.