2 Peter 1:12-21
As sure as clocks are turned back in autumn, people are wont to share their dislike for the looming darkness that falls in the late afternoon hours. As darkness comes earlier, so also do yearnings for the return to springtime and the lengthening of days.
During this time of Advent, darkness and light become primary symbols of the season. As the prophet says, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” (Isaiah 9:2) Christians understand this prophecy pointing to the light of Christ coming into the world. Peter also speaks of the light of Christ, especially as he witnessed at the Transfiguration of Jesus. Peter knows his time on earth is growing short, yet he continues to speak boldly concerning matter of faith and the light of Christ.
Ours also is the calling to speak boldly concerning the light of Christ and the blessing of his grace. In these days of diminishing light that leads to the longer nights of winter, we remember there is a light that continues to shine in the hearts and minds of God’s beloved children. This light is Christ the Lord, who promises to come again in the full radiance of his glory.
Prayer: Let your light so shine, O Lord, that all may see your glory. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.