Wednesday, December 19, 2018

More Joy

Daily reading: Isaiah 42:1-9
Wednesday December 19, 2018

Focus passage: God the LORD says – the one who created the heaven, the one who stretched them out, the one who spread out the earth and its offspring, the one who gave breath to its people and life to those who walk on it – I, the LORD, have called you for a good reason.  I will grasp your hand and guard you, and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations, to open blind eyes, to lead the prisoners from prison, and those who sit in darkness from the dungeon…The things announced in the past – look --- they’ve already happened, but I’m declaring new things.  Before they even appear, I tell you about them.” Isaiah 42:5-7, 9

What was the high point of your day?  What was the low point of your day?

Isaiah goes about describing the up-side-down nature of our God. Who comes not as a conqueror or tyrant
but as a spirit-filled servant. 
Who does not enact power through domination
but through liberation and justice to everyone.
Rather than seek revenge, God calls the people to be a light.

In this expansive vision Isaiah re-locates Israel’s place,
in exile they are to be a light to the nations,
so that those who are blind can see,
so that those who are imprisoned in dungeons
and darkness are freed.

This is joy-filled news, worth celebrating and participating in.  How might God be calling you do justice, to love kindness and walk humbly with God today?

Prayer: Gracious God thank you.  Thank you for this day of life, thank that you have allowed us to wake up and draw a breath today.  We pray that you will grant us the wisdom and the boldness to live this day with courage and with commitment to the new world that you are at work bringing about in our very midst.  Give us Advent hearts; give us Advent hope, peace and joy.  Amen

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