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December 18 – It’s Time!

read: “The Lord God has anointed me . . .to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and a day of vindication for our God.” -Isaiah 61: 2. reflect: Isaiah says that when God send the Holy Spirit to us, it is time for “the year of the Lord’s favor.” That sounds like a really good year,…

December 17 – Disguised

read: “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 . . .” -Isaiah 61:1,2 reflect: Cardinal Casaroli was secretary of state to Pope John Paul II. He lived in luxury, carrying out a powerful job….

December 16 – Level

read: “A voice is crying out:
’Clear the Lord’s way in the desert!
    Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God!’” -Isaiah 40:3 reflect:  She was waiting for another family member in the school parking lot. I was rushing past her, trying not to be late to our son’s winter orchestra concert. As I hustled past…

December 15 – Set Free

read: “Comfort, comfort my people!
” says your God.
 Speak compassionately to Jerusalem,
 and proclaim to her that her compulsory service has ended,
 that her penalty has been paid . . . -Isaiah 40:1,2a reflect: We are often very stuck in the patterns that our life has made up to this point. This can be helpful in that it…

December 13 – Higher Still

read: A highway will be there.
 It will be called The Holy Way.
The unclean won’t travel on it,
    but it will be for those walking on that Way. -Isaiah 35: 8 reflect: Nelson Mandela is called the “Master of the High Road.” When he could have responded with enmity and retaliation to his enemies, he instead responded with…

December 12 – Offense

read: “Are you the One who is to come, or shall we look for another?” John’s disciples asked Jesus. “Go and tell John, ‘The blind see . . . and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed are those who take no offense at me.” -from Matthew 11:2-11 reflect: If what you know of Christmas…

December 11 – Unstopped

read: “Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be cleared.” -Isaiah 35:5 reflect: When God comes into the world to act on our behalf, we see things we haven’t seen before and hear things we never heard before. Whether this is physical or spiritual is not a decision…

December 10 – Divine Disturbance

read: “Your God will come; with vengeance, with divine retribution, your God will save you!” -Isaiah 35:4 reflect: Isaiah proclaims that when all is made right again, it will be because God comes. At Advent we anticipate the coming of God. We remember that God came to us in the flesh as Jesus Christ, once a…

December 9 – Say It

read: “Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to them, ‘Do not fear!’” -Isaiah 35:3-4a reflect: Do you ever talk to yourself? Surely most of us do (please tell me I’m not alone!). Isaiah is giving instructions from God to people who are in exile, waiting for God to act on their behalf. They…

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…