Monday, December 5, 2011

Advent, Day 9: Tidings of great joy

Today's reading: Isaiah 40:9-11

Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice in strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!" (v. 9)


We think of ourselves, as believers, as many things: disciples, students, worshippers, congregations, fellowshippers, brothers and sisters. (And sometimes we act in roles we may not consciously have in mind, like as God's bodyguards, deputies, juries, and judges.) But how often do we consider that we are called to be "heralds of good tidings," lifting up our voices from the mountaintops to announce God's presence to the cities?

How might it affect our journeys, our relationships, and even our own faith if we could remember this special calling: not to berate the world, not to threaten with aggression, not to defend with (self-)righteous anger, but to proclaim GOOD news fearlessly, and with strength. How boldly might we testify, and how much comfort could we offer the world, if we always had this good news on the tips of our tongues: that God our Shepherd will feed every hunger, will embrace every lost sheep, will carry us in his heart, will lead us along every path!

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