2017 Advent Devo 4

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From David’s Line:

A Ruler Bringing Justice and Peace

Read Isaiah 11:1-10

In this scripture passage from Isaiah, the prophet describes the ideal ruler who will come in the future as a green shoot springing from the dead stump (David’s royal line) of Jesse (David’s father). The reign of this monarch will be experienced as paradise regained.

We can all recall a time in our past that we wish we could experience again. Most of us have fond memories sharing birthdays and anniversaries with close family and friends. Some of us may have memories of past Christmases huddled around a nice, cozy fireplace with snow gently falling outside. Although this scripture passage is forward looking, it also looks back to the past.

Before the fall of man, the Garden of Eden was a place of innocence, where there was no struggle between people and no mistrust between the animals. The reality, however, is that our past hopes and joys are often in stark contrast to our troubled and hurting world.

At our annual Lessons and Carols Service on December 17, the fourth lesson centers on this prophetic text. I invite you to listen closely as the Chancel Choir sings “Creation Will Be at Peace” by J. Paul Williams and Anna Laura Page. Page dedicated this piece to Peggy Say, who was the sister of Terry Anderson. Anderson is the best known, and second longest-held, hostage of a group of Americans believed to be captured by Shiite Hezbollah militants in an attempt to drive United States military forces from Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War. He was abducted on March 16, 1985, was released on December 4, 1991, and says he has forgiven his captors.

This Advent we are reminded through scripture and song that God, through the birth of a baby, has come to restore our world.

Prayer:  Lord God, you are our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Give us guidance, wisdom, and courage in the midst of adversity and crisis, that we may remain steadfast in the power of your Word; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

- Matt Brittain



Last Published: December 4, 2017 3:00 PM
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