John called people to repent, to clear the decks, to completely reorder their lives so that nothing would get in the way of the Lord’s coming. The reading from Isaiah gives the context for this radical call: the assurance of forgiveness that encourages us to repent; the promise that the coming one will be gentle with the little ones. Isaiah calls us all to be heralds with John, to lift up our voices fearlessly and say, “See, your God is coming!” We say it to one another in worship, in order to say it with our lives in a world in need of justice and peace.
Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purified lives; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
This Weeks Readings
|Monday||1 Kings 18:1-18|
|Tuesday||2 Kings 2:9-22|
|Wednesday||Malachi 3:16 – 4:6|
|Thursday||2 Samuel 6:1-11|
|Friday||2 Samuel 6:12-19|
|Saturday||Judges 13:2 -24|