Joy

Daily reading: Isaiah 61:1-11
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Focus passage: The LORD God’s spirit is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me.  He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release for captives, and liberation for prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and a day of vindication for our God, to comfort all who mourn… Isaiah 61:1-2
Into this space, third Isaiah is anointed and sent by God to offer up a message of joy.  His good news is that they together will rebuild their community from the inside out.  It is a renewal that will affect everyone and it begins with a focus on God and the promise that God will restore the people and bring them home.
It begins with a word of joy.

God has sent the prophet to bring good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release for captives, and liberation for prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor.

This is the active joy of Advent, of preparing for God to come and dwell among us.  It is a joy that is grounded in the community, where the poor are not forgotten but looked after, where those who have suffered loss and are mourning find joy, where not only are stones  put back into place but also the relationship each person has with God is renewed.


Prayer, God of Advent Joy, help me to be faithful to you in all times.  Amen.

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