Advent Devotional: Wednesday, December 12

Theme: Hurry Up and Wait

Written by Lisa Maria Boyles, Community United Church of Christ

Isaiah 40:1-5

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

Daily life assaults us. Noise bombards our ears. Burning smoke creeps into every crevice. We ache with sorrow and loss.

We reel from a never-ending stream of tragedies, both natural and manmade: obliterating fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, acts of hate, terrorist attacks, mass shootings, and another, and another, and another.

Acts of cruelty, from every level of society, even once sacred, revered places, confound us and break our hearts. How did we get here? Where is God in all of this?

Still your heart, your mind, and listen. God is still with us, even in our Planet’s dark hours. Close your eyes and refocus your mind’s eye. Block out all of the noise and listen. Let God’s whisper quench your loss, your pain. You — we — are not alone.

A drop of water can swell to a trickle. A trickle can gush into a river. Keep room in your soul to allow the flood of hope back in. God is there to fill it up.

We have power when we walk with each other and let God guide us, to heal this broken world, our neighbor’s broken soul. Our own.

Let the light of this Advent season into your heart. Remember the promise a baby brought so many years ago, in a lowly stable beneath a star-filled night. God is still with us, even now.

“… Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”