Third Sunday of Advent 2016 – Isaiah 35:1-2a, 3

Monday, December 5, 2016

For this third week of Advent, our images of peace are now punctuated by visions of healing.  The lectionary texts include: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:5-10; James 5:7-10 and Matthew 11:2-11.  An alternate passage Luke 1:46b-55.

Isaiah 35:1-2a, 3The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing…Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 

Cold, wet weather has settled into Memphis this weekend, and I wished I had started raking leaves when it was a bit warmer outside.  With the joints in my hands and knees confirming that winter was finally here, I longed for that morning in spring when the first purple crocus pops its bloom out from under the leaf litter I fail to rake up.

Prayer: Creator God, you are our strength and our hope through all the seasons of our lives.  Amen.

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