Creator God, you have made your presence known today in so many ways. We have experienced your tender mercies. We have experienced your light on our paths of peace. And, tonight, we anticipate your mercy, light, and peace to continue their redeeming work, even while we sleep. For these and many other blessings, thank you. Stay with us, Holy Spirit, through the night and all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Daily Archives: December 7, 2021
Psalm 85:9-13 (ESV)
9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him
and make his footsteps a way.
Isaiah 35 (ESV)
The Ransomed Shall Return
35 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
2 it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
3 Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6 then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
7 the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
8 And a highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;
the unclean shall not pass over it.
It shall belong to those who walk on the way;
even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.
9 No lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Father, how wondrous is your love! You promised a Savior, and you sent your own Son, Immanuel, God with us. On Christmas Day, you cried out: “Fear not! Here is your God,” and the world was forever changed. The gates of heaven are now opened, and you have made a way for us to live with you.
All praise to you, Lord Jesus, for coming to walk among us and showing us your Father’s love and mercy. We know that you are the fulfillment of every promise the Father has spoken. We lift our voices to proclaim that you are our Redeemer. We lift our hearts to you as well and ask you to mold us after your own image and likeness.
Jesus, even as we recall your coming among us as a child, we anticipate the day when you will come back to us as a glorious king. On that day, we will be enveloped in your embrace. We will be with you for eternity. Our eyes will be opened, enabling us to see your beauty. Our ears, once deaf, will be cleared, so that we can hear your voice and finally know how deeply you delight in us. In your kingdom, we will sing your praises in freedom and peace. Your joy will surround us and fill us, causing us to “leap like a stag.” Every desert area in our lives will be flooded with your grace, making it fertile and fruitful.
On that day, rushing, refreshing waters will fill the dry places of loneliness and confusion in our hearts. Your joy will well up inside us so much that we won’t be able to contain it. Every tear will be wiped away, and all sorrow and mourning will flee. No distress or struggle of any kind will ever be able to touch us again.
Lord, until that day, help us to lift our feeble hands and strengthen our weak knees. Give us the courage and confidence we need to follow you on the road to heaven.