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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…

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…

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