For Those Who Didn't Feel Christmas Cheer This Year

For Those Who Didn't Feel Christmas Cheer This Year

This has been a difficult season for many people, even without national tragedies this would have been a dark season for many in my life. My brother's marriage is ending, a young man I knew ended his life, a friend younger than me spent Christmas in the hospital, and my grandfather is sleeping further away into alzheimer's fog. Yet the following words written so long ago before there was a Mary and Joseph, bring me hope. Hope that this season will not last forever. Hope, that a light has dawned.

Isaiah 9

 [a]Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
    and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
    as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
    when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
    you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
    the bar across their shoulders,
    the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle
    and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
    will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

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  • C'mon now I'm homeless and I don't feel that down

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