Sunday, December 11, 2016

The unknown future

Daily reading: Isaiah 61:1-11
Sunday, December 11, 2016

Focus passage: As the earth puts out its growth, and as a garden grows its seeds, so the LORD God will grow righteousness and praise before all the nations. Isaiah 61:11

Advent is a season of here and not yet.  It is a distinctive season of remembering the coming of Christ to dwell among us 2,000 years ago; an even longer hoped for promise fulfilled. It is also a season of proclaiming joyfully that Christ is present with us now and it is a season of anticipating Christ’s return to us in new and unexpected ways.  So in Advent, we look back but also forward.  It is a season of being open to the movement of God’s Spirit that will surely change us.

Today we heard a joyful proclamation from third Isaiah.  It is a passage full of activity placed in the future.  There are 17 “wills” in the 11 verses of this passage.  “They will, foreigners will, you will, God will” sprinkled throughout and driving the passage forward to this final sentence of “God will grow righteousness and praise before all the nations.”

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

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