– empty eyes, empty souls, unmet longings, deepening insecurities –
Why does this Holly, Jolly season—designed to fill us with warmth, love, and sugar cookies—
give us a high suicide rate and deep depression?
Is there a Light in all this darkness?
But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish….
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.
Sounds good to me. What else did Isaiah say?
The Ancient Syrians and Assyrians had repeatedly ravaged the lands and people to whom Isaiah spoke: the land of Judea—Israel. But that same land was the first to hear the preaching of Jesus.
The Ancient Jews were repeatedly delivered from the yoke of many oppressors—pictures of the one, true deliverance from the yoke of Satan that is experienced by any true believer in Jesus Christ.
Without the gospel of Jesus Christ, we walk in darkness; when the gospel comes to any place—to any soul—light comes. Jesus’ good news brings joy.
Cleansing the soul of a Christ-follower from the power and pollution of sin only occurs by the work of the Holy Spirit: a purifying fire: because of the work of Jesus Christ.
For a child will be born to us,
a Son will be given….
Then why does joy sometimes seem out of reach?
 Isaiah 9.1-2, nasb
 Isaiah 9.6a, nasb