The Advent Project Week 5

Gracious God, your Son Jesus Christ opened wide the gate of heaven, making plain the way that leads to eternal joy: Grant that we who have been buried with Christ in baptism and raised to new life may strive courageously for the freedom and peace of the world; through the same your Son, Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

(THE ADVENT PROJECT)

Daily Readings

Day 1: Isaiah 40:1-11
Day 2: Isaiah 40:12-20
Day 3: Isaiah 40:21-31
Day 4: Mark 1:1-9
Day 5: Mark 1:10-15
Day 6: II Peter 3:1-10
Day 7: II Peter 3:11-18

Reflection

“Comfort, o comfort my people,” I think we could all use some comfort during this season.

We bought a bunch of house plants at the end of September, we have shelves full of books, hundreds of bags of tea, and what seems like an endless supply of blankets (thanks mom!). Our home is full of comfort, as I’m sure many of our homes are, but I don’t think the writer of this section of Isaiah is talking about material comforts.

This part of Isaiah was written after Jerusalem fell to the Babylonian Empire. The people weren’t concerned about house plants…they needed comfort for their souls. They needed a reminder that God would not only deliver them in the future, but also that God was currently abiding with them.

I think that’s a reminder we could all use this season. Faith in our constant abiding God is the key to our comfort.

1. Where do you see God abiding with you this season?

2. Where do you see God abiding with al of creation this season?

Let us pray…

O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!

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