Words from the Heart for Sunday December 13th, 2020
Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.
Isaiah 60:1-2 (NKJV)
Your Light Has Come
Late in 1948, before the passage of Saskatchewan’s Rural Electrification Act, Father Matthew Michel of St. Peter’s Colony was donning overalls to help bring power to farms in the Annaheim district. The successful “self-help” pilot project that he initiated played a key role in the expansion of service by the Saskatchewan Power Corporation. Father Matthew and the farmers of Annaheim showed the Crown corporation that it could be done — that it was possible to bring high tension power lines to Saskatchewan’s farms.
Our backyard looks slightly northeast, with nothing behind us except kilometres of flat Ontario prairies. So, in the morning we have a completely unobstructed view of the sunrise. On a clear day it is spectacular. The new day has dawned – the light has come once again. When Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem, it was morning for the first time since sin entered into the world millennia before in the Garden of Eden. Luke’s Gospel tells us that it was night when the news came that Jesus had been born. It might have been night on the clock, but this was morning spiritually. Isaiah the prophet testified to this in Isaiah 60:1-2: “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.” What a glorious spiritual morning it was when Jesus stepped into our world. It can be morning for you as well by receiving Him into your life by faith.
These have been words from the heart.