In worship we were greeted by the promise that God sent messengers – the prophets – to prepare the way for our salvation. Thankfully their message helps us navigate life’s journey and the distractions we have today. Isaiah painted a picture of the king who would rise from Jesse – one who was not specifically powerful or eloquent; rather was righteous, equitable, and faithful to God’s standard. Paul helped us understand that everything that has been given us in the past, just as it was, is the thing that gives us hope for a future and for finding God’s blessings in the here and now. Hope, not emotional hope but dedication is the thing that sustains us amid the mess that is everyday life. John the Baptist closed our readings with the reminder that repentance and change is a good thing – something that brings us closer to God.
I pray your Advent journey is fruitful and a blessing. I invite your comments,
Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12