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December 8 – Seeing God

read: The desert and the dry land will be glad;
     the wilderness will rejoice and blossom like the crocus. -Isaiah 35:1 reflect: Isaiah is writing about what it will be like when his community returns to loving God and each other. When that day comes, the very land they inhabit will be glad. The whole creation awaits…

December 6 – Hope Dare

read: On that day, the root of Jesse will stand as a signal to the peoples. The nations will seek him out, and his dwelling will be glorious. -Isaiah 11:10 reflect: Remember that Jesse was the father of King David, the greatest king of Israel. Jesus came from Jesse’s lineage (as the song “O How a…

December 5 – Safe

read: “The wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat; the calf and the young lion will feed together, and a little child will lead them.” -Isaiah 11:6 reflect: Anytime I see all of our living presidents gathered together, I get a glimpse of what Isaiah was proclaiming here….

December 4 – Words

read: “He will strike the violent with the rod of his mouth, and by the breath of his lips he will put an end to the wicked.” -Isaiah 11:4 reflect: The One we await will stop all the greed, corruption, and violence in our world. Now this is the Messiah I am waiting for! Years ago a revival…

December 3 – Good Fear

read: “He will delight in fearing the Lord.” Isaiah 11:3a reflect: Isaiah says that the One we are waiting for will delight in fearing God. How could there ever be delight in fear? The times I remember being afraid were not delightful. The word translated fear here also means to be in astonishment, or awe. I’m more comfortable…

December 2 – Rest

read: “The Lord’s spirit will rest upon him, a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of planning and strength, a spirit of knowledge and awe of the Lord.” -Isaiah 11:2 reflect: Aren’t we always looking for new leaders? For less greedy politicians, and more inspirational pastors, and more humble heroes? Isaiah puts words to our yearning as he sounds the…

December 1 – Beginning

Meditations for Advent 2014 Beginning read: “A shoot will grow up from the stump of Jesse; a branch will sprout from his roots.” –Isaiah 11:1 reflect: A shoot coming from the stump, how about that. When you thought the garden was dead for sure, one last green leaf popped from the brown, dry soil. When you thought…

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