Daily reading: Isaiah 40:1-11
Tuesday December 8, 2015

Focus passage: A voice is crying out:  “Clear the LORD’s way in the desert!  Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God!  Every valley will be raised up, and every mountain and hill will be flattened.  Uneven ground will become level, and rough terrain a valley plain.  Isaiah 40:3-4

What separates Babylon from Jerusalem is mountainous desert.  And while we might think the path is for the people to take back home, it isn’t.  The path they will take will be different it, it won’t be through the Syrian Desert that is void of rivers and water. No, this is the path for God to take metaphorically.  The obstacles that have been put in-between God and the people through their unfaithfulness, captivity, military occupation and forced exile for certain residents, are to be taken away. Exile has been hard on the people.  They have lost their faith, they have experienced great trauma. 

The comfort comes in the promise for peace that will soon come. God imagines a world where mountains are made low, and valleys are lifted up, so there can be a level highway, a pathway free of obstacles.
The eventual return from exile then is imagined and lived out as a second Exodus, a second returning to the Promised Land.

Take time to meditate on God coming near to you today.

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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