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'Illuminating the Way'

St. Nicholas

The LORD is God, and he has given us light.

- Psalm 118:27

The poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is reported to have cried "Mehr licht! Mehr licht!" ("More light! More light!") on his deathbed. The meaning underneath his words is subject to interpretation. Was he calling out for inspiration? Clarity? A wish to have the drapes opened to let more light into his room?

In this first week of our Advent journey, we may also be longing and praying for more light to come into our lives. Are there dark corners where we stand in shame or brokenness? Are we seeking direction to discern a choice? Do we hope for confirmation that we are on the right path? Are we open to enlightenment in becoming a more prayerful, loving person in our relationships?

Emmanuel, God-with-us, is the light that has come and continues to come into our lives and our world. May his presence illumine for us the way to move forward this Advent and always.

- Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, I.H.M.
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Thank you Sr. Chris for your devotion.

It's true Vicky G., we all, the Living Faith Family interpret the daily devotions in our own way. God talks to us individually through these daily devotions, thanks to the authors.

Lord, may your presence by my light always that leads me towards the right path. I love you Lord and will always believe in you and will always follow you. Amen.
Tillie | Posted on: 2018-12-06 18:31:44
Yes, indeed, Sr. Chris! Emmanuel, 'God with us,'
* Isaiah 7:14, "All right then, the Lord Himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a Son and will call Him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’)."
* Matthew 1:22-23, "All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through His prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

Jesus is the Light of the world:
* John 8:12, "Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
* John 9:5, "But while I am here in the world, I am the Light of the world."
* Revelation 21:23, "And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light."

What do I do with the Light of the world?
* Matthew 5:14-16, "You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father."
* Psalm 27:1a, "The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid?"
* 1 Peter 2:8b-9, "They stumble because they do not obey God’s Word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful Light."

A typical dialog in a movie between a woman and a man, "You don't know me at all after all these years of marriage!" So it is with my Lord Jesus! I only want to hear Him say, "Good and faithful servant, Salina! Come join Me at the table!"

Light of the World by Lauren Daigle
Salina | Posted on: 2018-12-06 13:13:03
Thanks Patrick! That was so insightful and true. I love this forum where one printed meditation can act as a prism where people see it in so many different ways....and then we can share. That makes it so that each of us is hearing what God knows we individually need to hear for that day. Sometimes it’s a revelation but sometimes it’s something we know but we just need to be reminded! Happy Advent to all.
Vicky G | Posted on: 2018-12-06 10:12:29
God bless all Nicholases on this day. St. Nicholas was a man who stood up to those who refused the light such as our current papal office and cardinals who remain in the shadows. Read the true story of St. Nicholas. God bless all. Thank you, too, Patrick.
Nick | Posted on: 2018-12-06 10:01:47
freeter | Posted on: 2018-12-06 08:57:24
Patrick, thank you for your reflections and thoughts.

I agree with everything said. Seek his word, always put God First.

You cannot help but be in the light.

Tim | Posted on: 2018-12-06 08:18:31
JS | Posted on: 2018-12-06 08:06:32
Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this day and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living Gid, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, King of Endless Glory. Amen
A sinner | Posted on: 2018-12-06 08:02:10
May Christ be our light in the Darkness....
Bernadette | Posted on: 2018-12-06 04:16:50
Thank you Sister for an enlightening devotional, no pun intended. I am reading on my phone in the darkness before the dawn. I can hear the hum of the early commuter traffic. I pray for those heading to work for light to guide them today. I am retired but looking back realise that my life was a continual series of crossroads and choices. Thank you Lord for the light of Your guidance in the past and Your assurance of its continuation in the future. The lesson I have learned is to wait on the Lord but not in darkness. Daily prayer and reading scripture and devotionals illumine my way. I give thanks that Living Faith and its many contributors is one torch I was guided to. The first light of dawn is breaking now. In the Irish language we call this moment Luisne.
Patrick | Posted on: 2018-12-06 03:33:37
Beautiful reflection! Jesus Light of the world,shine on us,shine in us,shine through us, Amen!
JJC | Posted on:: 2018-12-06 06:56:16
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