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READ & DISCUSS Use the prompts provided to reflect on the message this week, on your own, or with your small group.

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

1. C. S. Lewis said that pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world. What did he mean?
2. Theologian Walter Bruggemann said that, “Advent begins with a ‘community of hurt.’” Then, as a community of hurt, we turn to God for deliverance and, through his grace, we become a             community of hope. Give your own sense of what Bruggemann meant by this.
3. Discuss Advent as a paradox of the already and the not yet.
4. We discuss St. John of the Cross’ description of living in “luminous darkness.” What did he mean?
5. What shadows remain in your life that you need God to dispel? Be as open and honest as you can.
6. How will you let Jesus, the light of the world (see the passage), shine into your life this Advent season?

To pray with someone, or make a personal ministry appointment with one of our prayer team, email allthingsnew@wachurch.us.