Jesus loves me still today,
Walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live.
– Anna B. Warner and David Rutherford McGuire
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
The December 16, 2013 devotion from http://umrethinkchurch.tumblr.com
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 35:4-7, The Message
Tell fearful souls,
“Courage! [Be strong!] Take heart!
God is here, right here,
on his way to put things right
And redress all wrongs.
He’s on his way! He’ll save you!”
Blind eyes will be opened, deaf ears unstopped,
Lame men and women will leap like deer,
the voiceless break into song.
Springs of water will burst out in the wilderness,
streams flow in the desert.
Hot sands will become a cool oasis,
thirsty ground a splashing fountain.
Even lowly jackals will have water to drink,
and barren grasslands flourish richly.
Good preaching and interpretation is able to take old texts for new situations and helps us see things in scripture we may have missed before.
In this season of Advent, how are you seeing this poem of invitation?
How are these promises and call to action to “Be strong!” and “Take heart!” resonating with you this Advent?
There are a number of longings we hear in this text: changes in ability, the flourishing of dry land, songs for the voiceless.
What are your prayers and longings this Advent?
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