Isaiah iii #adventbookclub

Isaiah 9:2-7 (CEV)

War Is Over

Those who walked in the dark
have seen a bright light.
And it shines upon everyone
who lives in the land
of darkest shadows.
Our Lord, you have made
your nation stronger.
Because of you, its people
are glad and celebrate
like workers at harvest time
or like soldiers dividing up
what they have taken.

You have broken the power
of those who abused
and enslaved your people.
You have rescued them
just as you saved your people
from Midian.
The boots of marching warriors
and the blood-stained uniforms
have been fed to flames
and eaten by fire.

A Child Has Been Born

A child has been born for us.
We have been given a son
who will be our ruler.
His names will be
Wonderful Advisor
and Mighty God,
Eternal Father
and Prince of Peace.
His power will never end;
peace will last forever.
He will rule David’s kingdom
and make it grow strong.
He will always rule
with honesty and justice.
The Lord All-Powerful
will make certain
that all of this is done.

War is over,
a child will be born,
God’s child,
born among us.

Darkness is lit again,
shadows are gone,
we groped in the dark
for so long,
now we can see,
see what really is.

War is over,
the war in our hearts,
the searching for peace,
the running to hide,
need be no more,
their power is gone.

Brokeness can be restored,
we are rescued
and saved.

God is here among us.
Bringing peace,
restoring,
justice
and freedom
– if we will take it.

Lord,
I long to be part of this,
may I step from the darkness,
holding your hand,
into your light;
and be a bringer of light,
a sharer of peace
in my place.

Join us reading Walking Backwards to Christmas by Stephen Cottrell from SPCK Publishing this advent.  Be part of #adventbookclub, share your thoughts here, on your own blog (and let us know we’ll link to it), on Twitter using #adventbookclub or on the Adventbookclub Facebook page

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