Daily reading: Isaiah 40:1-11
Monday December 7, 2015

Focus passage: Comfort, comfort my people! says your God.  Speak compassionately to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her compulsory service has ended, that her penalty has been paid, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins! Isaiah 40:1-2

We all have bad days. Sometimes our bad days turn into bad weeks that turn into bad months.  Sometimes life hits us with such a bad blow that we find it hard to recover and we find ourselves in a space where God seems very far away.

The exiles in Babylon had this experience.  God was far away in Jerusalem and they were utterly alone.  In the passage God brings a message of comfort to the people.  They have paid the price for their unfaithfulness and God is ready to bring them home.

Is there a place in your life that needs to hear the comfort of God?  Take time today to meditate on God’s comforting presence in your life.

Prayer: God who calls us away from our daily routines, who desires us to follow you on unknown paths, open me to your presence today.  Amen.


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