Advent: Tuesday Dec 6

Isaiah 41:14-20

Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you insect Israel! I will help you, says the Lord; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. Now, I will make of you a threshing sledge, sharp, new, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff. You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them. Then you shall rejoice in the Lord; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory. When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive; I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together, so that all may see and know, all may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.

[The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]

Questions:

What does it mean that “God answers”?

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3 comments

  1. This passage has made me think about God putting things where it seems they don’t belong, or making things happen that are unlikely. Each of those trees grow in different habitats, some even in different places of the world. Water is an unexpected find in a desert, and it’s hard to crush a mountain down to pieces. Maybe it’s a call to (and this gets a little Pollyanna-ish) come together despite our differences. Maybe this passage is a call to attempt the extraordinary, to seek the wonder and impossibility of things. Maybe it’s bringing that which is needed to the least likely of places. If springs can appear in the desert, what can we do to bring water to places like Flint?

    1. Becky, I also love this reflection. Thank you! This idea of “bringing that which is needed to the least likely of places”, like impossibly rich and diverse forests appearing in deserts, is a powerful image. Especially when connected to the deepest needs of our world.

  2. Becky, I love your comment. I especially appreciate your last two sentences. Thank you for naming Flint.
    I so often need to be reminded to get beyond my head stuff about theology and apply it in real life in real time.
    Peg

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