The reading for today is Isaiah 35:3-6 New International Version (NIV).
3 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;
4 say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come, he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.
In these verses, Isaiah is talking to the helpless exiles who were looking to the future for new courage and hope. And here we are in the season of Advent looking forward to the coming of the Messiah. The verses tell us to be strong, fear not, and resist your fears. Confide in the power, love, and faithfulness of God, who has promised to deliver those that trust in him. So, celebrate the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy this Christmas season.
God of Glory, we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus—the beginning of your coming in glory. Give us new courage and hope as we join with you in bringing further healing to a broken world. Amen.
Donna DeMauro firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Those who don’t understand the real meaning of Christmas.