In ancient Israel, the proper worship of Yahweh entailed the fair and just treatment of everyone in society, especially the most vulnerable. The failure of the ancient Israelites led Zephaniah to call the day of the Lord a day of darkness and gloom (Zephaniah 1:7-18). Lest we become arrogant, think of our society’s reliance upon wealth over faithfulness.
As the sons and daughters of the light, we prepare ourselves for the day of the Lord by how we treat others and order society. May we bring brightness to the darkness around us (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11). In the midst of darkness and gloom, may we be the light that leads us to turn to our neighbors in kindness and fairness.