Advent Study 2020

Sharing Our Stories: December 6

Writer’s Name: Loida Divine

Writer’s Ministry: Pastor

Assigned Text: Isaiah 9:2-3 “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice. They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warrior dividing the plunder.”

Word of the Week: Hope

2020 has felt like a year of walking in darkness! I’m sure we will look back at 2020 as the year COVID 19 wrecked our plans. Yes! We all had plans for trips, vacations, weddings, family gatherings, graduations, etc. Most of those were scrapped and those who could not be postponed took place in totally different formats. I have heard people lament. I have heard some who could not be there for grandchildren’s weddings or grandparent’s funerals. I have heard a new grandma lament the fact she is not allowed in the hospital. Only one person can be present, and I don’t mean in the birthing room, I mean in the hospital!

Oh, the events we have missed. Saying goodbye and welcoming new life. Everything has been disrupted. It’s kind of like we have been walking in darkness. The news we receive of possible vaccines are like dim rays of sunshine; yet we sit waiting for sunrise. Protecting ourselves and others, walking in darkness yet filled with hope. Most of you can probably relate with what I am talking about. In one way or another our entire world has felt the effects of COVID.

I know it might be hard for us to envision, but the people listening to Isaiah may have felt like us. The people of God were in exile, wondering if God was listening to their prayers. They may have thought that God had abandoned them. They certainly felt like they were walking in darkness, not sure how long this exile would last. Isaiah’s words spread throughout the exiles. They gave hope of sunlight approaching, “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light… You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice.”

Today, I invite you to read those two verses again. Place yourself in the darkness of this COVID pandemic, not knowing when this might end. AND THEN, receive the news that hope is on the way… through Jesus Christ. “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.” My friend put your trust in Jesus. He is the light that lights our path and fills our hearts!

Daily Prayer: Lord God, today we thank you for sending your light to us. When I feel surrounded by uncertainty remind me that your light is in me and with me. Help me to bask in your light that I might be filled with hope. Amen!

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  1. Reflect on 2020, what are some events or people that you have missed because of COVID?
  2. How specifically have you seen Jesus bringing light in your life this year?

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