Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
If you love Handel’s Messiah as I do, you probably cannot read these words without hearing the soaring chorus based on this passage. Though probably written in the 8th century B.C.E., these words have been embraced by the Christian Church and used as an Advent text to celebrate the fulfillment of the wonderful promise of the coming of the Son of God, the anointed One, the Messiah.
Such a thrilling promise! We claim it as we worship in the Advent season . . . we who have walked in darkness now walk in the hope of seeing the great light and believe that we will again have our hope fulfilled by the glorious birth.
Lord, grant us the thrill of your promise and the joy of your fulfillment of this gift in our lives.