5 December Isaiah 52: 7–10
I am a visual learner. By that I mean that I learn best by watching others, I take in more by what I see. Our reading today is full of images that capture my imagination. Here we have a messenger of Good News approaching the holy city that the King is on his way and soon to make an entrance. An entrance proclaiming peace, bringing good news and proclaiming salvation – news that the King will deliver us from sin and its consequences. We are reminded that there are watchmen of the city waiting expectantly:
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring glad tidings, who proclaim salvation (v.7)
The exciting news shouted that God is about to give fresh expression of His love and all the world will see it.
May we pray that this advent, we may see a fresh outpouring of God’s love for His world in all its unrest and especially in the uncertainty of our country today. May we watch and wait so that we too can shout for joy. May we stand tall and be the messengers who share God’s love in words and actions and declare ‘Our God reigns.’
In the busy streets, in the quiet places, in the silence and the noise, at the rising of the sun and its setting, Loving God may our eyes be expectant that we will see you at work and may we have the courage to shout for joy of your love for the world.