“Peace has in it confidence in the Lord: that He directs all things, provides all things, and that He leads to a good end.” - Arcana Caelestia §8455
Kempton New Church

December
23

Isaiah 60:20. “Thy sun shall not go in anymore; neither shall thy moon be gathered in; for Jehovah shall be for an eternal light for thee, and the days of thy mourning shall be complete.”

For the children from Psalm 72

1. O God, give Thy judgments to the king, and Thy justice to the king’s son.

2. He will make judgment for Thy people with justice, and Thy afflicted with judgment.

3. The mountains shall bear peace to the people, and the hills in justice.

4. He will judge the afflicted of the people, He will save the sons of the needy, and will crush the oppressor.

5. They will fear Thee with the sun, and before the moon; a generation of generations....

17. His name shall be to eternity; before the sun He shall have the name of Son. And all nations shall be blessed in Him; they shall call Him happy.

18. Blessed be Jehovah God, the God of Israel, who alone does wonders.

19. And blessed [be] the name of His glory to eternity; and let all the earth be filled [with] His glory. Amen and Amen.

Readings from the Heavenly Doctrine

AE 401:11. This [Isaiah 60:20] treats of the Lord, and of the new heaven and new earth, that is, of the church to be established by Him. That to those in that church the good of love to the Lord and the good of charity towards the neighbor should not perish is meant by "thy sun shall no more go in, and thy moon shall not be gathered in," for to those who are in the good of love to the Lord He appears as a sun, and to those who are in truths from the good of charity towards the neighbor He appears as a moon. So "thy sun" signifies the good of love to the Lord, and "thy moon" the good of charity, which, in its essence, is truth from good.

That they shall continue to eternity in truths from the good of love, and in truths from the good of charity is meant by "Jehovah shall be unto thee for a light of eternity, and the days of thy mourning shall be fulfilled." "The light of eternity" is predicated of those who are in the good of love to the Lord, and "fulfilling the days of mourning" of those who are in the good of charity towards the neighbor, or in truths from good; for with those who were of the ancient churches, "mourning" represented grief on account of the loss or destruction of truth and good. "Fulfilled" signifies ended, thus that they shall be in truths from good.

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