Isaiah 60.1-6

Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.          

Arise. Shine. Your soul is light.          Your face glows with the Beloved's gaze.

The world is draped in black.          People live in darkness like black paint. But the Lover dawns in you;          you radiate her beauty. God's presence in you will be light for others.          Even those who have it all will be grateful. Open your eyes. Be aware.          The Divine Presence gathers people. We are bound by this umbilical light.          It makes us family, even strangers.

Your eyes take in glory, and shine with glory.          Let this give you joy. Receive the gifts this life has to offer.          Accept the world's abundance. Let the world kneel at your feet          and bring you gold and frankincense. This giving and receiving          is holy praise.

                    Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

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