The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

Isaiah 9:2 NIV

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Shadow

This past June, the International Monetary Fund suggested that Canadian federal and provincial regulators are still not paying enough attention to risks lurking in darker corners of our country’s financial system. The problem isn’t Canada’s Big Six banks, which remain well-capitalized and profitable despite gathering economic headwinds. Rather, the IMF is pointing to the perils posed by “shadow banks.” Also known as “non-bank financial institutions” these include a wide array of financial players such as hedge funds, crypto lenders, payday lenders, pension funds, insurers, fintechs and investment funds.

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The birth of Jesus changed everything. He was the Promised One, the Messiah who had been longed for and expected for generations. The prophets had spoken of the One who would come and redeem God’s people, bringing light to the world. Isaiah looked to the coming of Jesus when he wrote, in Isaiah 9:2: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Since sin entered into the world, the people had been living in the shadowlands, to use a C.S. Lewis expression. The light of God was dim at best, in a world that was marked by sin. When Jesus stepped into our world, all of that changed. In the light of Jesus presence and love, there are no shadows. We understand that God loves us and has provided a way out of our sin and guilt. In fact, Jesus taught that He is the way. When we come to faith in Him, our sin is removed, and we receive the gift of eternal life. We are brought from spiritual darkness into the light of the Kingdom of God.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley