Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Light has the quality of attraction. Light a candle at your table or desk today, see if it does not make the space more welcoming. Fires and lights are places of warmth and conversation. They are the places where light happens. This is what the glory of God is: a light so warm and bright that we all want to come to it. This is the light we are waiting for. Pray this morning that you and your community would be like the light of Jesus, the kind of warm presence that draws the outsider in.