ARISE, SHINE; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.  For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.  And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

                              (Isaiah 60:1-3)


Sometimes it takes a while for the light to dawn. For example, some thoughts about our failings in care for others first came to me as I sat waiting for turkey to cook on the recent Thanksgiving Day. I thought then about how we may be distracted by the advertising media from the way things really are. You see, the television was set to feed me my regular appetizer of football. I sat contentedly watching a college game, and then an automobile commercial came on the screen. Then another came.., and yet another followed shortly thereafter. They were somewhat annoying in frequency as they interrupted the game, and all touted the acquiring of a gift. . , a new

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car for Christmas.

 Oh, they gave wondrous views of the coming holiday season as Christmas ribbons draped and glistened and snow fell gently… while a new silver, gold, or cranberry metallic red vehicle sat waiting in the holiday drive. One happy setting even showed jolly Saint Nicholas working feverishly with a acetylene torch, putting finishing touches on a wondrous new Mercedes. However, during these times I also noted that almost all the vehicles advertised were Cadillac, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Lexus and other high-end luxury or sport-type vehicles.

 To me, it seemed far from the real meaning of either Thanksgiving or

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light; and there was light.”

                                                                                   (Genesis 1:1-3)

“For thou dost deliver a humble people; but the haughty eyes thou dost bring down. Yea, thou dost light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.”

                         (Psalms 18:27-28)