The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-6)
Sunday, December 1, 2013
The prophet Isaiah figures prominently into Advent. 700
years before Jesus’ birth he foretold the Messiah’s coming.
readings begin with his prophecy, but it wasn’t merely a prediction. The meaning and purpose of Christ’s coming are imbedded in his divination. Take a look at Isaiah 11:1-10.
Lord Christ, God
in the world, God in my life,
Prepare me for Advent - for the meaning(s)
of your arrival and your short visit with us.
I’m inclined toward holiday trimmings and nostalgia.
That’s a blessing, but turn my heart toward Isaiah’s great insight. I hear your intentions for us, for our planet...
Respect for God and his power.
The value of Christ-like wisdom and understanding.
The holy pursuit of righteousness and faithfulness.
Justice for those in need, for the poor. Peace among all people, all creation.
…for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.(Isaiah 11:9)