Advent – Tuesday, Day 17

By Elaine Knudtson

“One Small Child” as sung by First Call

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Jesus Light of the World

The darkest night is shattered by the light of one small candle.  The eye is drawn to the flame, dispelling the loneliness and fear.  Jesus is that light in this dark world.

The Invitation

Dear Lord, you are the light of the world.  In the darkness of winter we often feel cold and alone, but you are there, waiting for us to turn to the light and accept Jesus as the source of hope.  Give us eyes to see and hearts open to embracing the joy of a new day.


“We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” 2 Pet.1:19

“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 shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. . . For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulder.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isa. 9:2, 4, 6

“In him was life and that life was the light of men. . . The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. . . Yet to all who received him. . . he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:4, 9, 12


morningstar_000I was troubled in the darkest part of the night, just before the dawn.  Trying to pray, I called out to the Lord, “Where are you?”  Just then my eye caught sight of the morning star outside my window.  It is the first star of the morning, appearing in the darkest part of the night, just before the dawn.  It is the promise that the light will come.  It spoke to me of Christ, the light that shatters our darkness, just as sure as day follows night.

To those who are looking for the light, he brings hope and shatters the yoke of bondage, freeing us to worship and rejoice.  The child is the light of the world.  In him the fullness of God dwells.  The invitation to come to the light, to the morning star, shines out at advent.  As we approach, we find not a baby but the creator of the universe, our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace.  The dawn has come.

Points to Ponder

  • Why does the world reject the light? What hides in your darkness?
  • How does Jesus change our story from a tragedy to a triumph, especially at the darkest times of our life?


Dear Lord, you sent Jesus as the light in our darkness.  Let us see your majesty and worship, with the shepherds “who returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and see, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:20


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Paul was a preacher and teacher until he retired in 2015. He continues to write and listen to what God is saying to him in the ordinary and extraordinary things of life. Elaine was a public school teacher and administrator until she retired in 2018. She is using her retirement to reflect on God's work in her life and to share insights with her family and friends.

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