Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

Psalm 31 
Revelation 2: 18-29 
Matthew 23: 27-39 

Isaiah 7:10-25

Turmoil and warfare beset King Ahaz in this powerful account of unrest in Judah. God charges Ahaz to demand a sign of his everlasting might, yet it is the prophet Isaiah who is pressed into service, proclaiming to the king the assurance of Immanuel to come, and the promise of a day of peace and plenty amid strife to the House of David. “On that day one will keep alive a young cow and two sheep and will eat curds because of the abundance of milk that they give; for everyone that is left in the land shall eat curds and honey.”

Where my family lives in Muskoka, Ontario, the fertile fields of produce and grain we help cultivate with our farmer neighbour also yield their share of dairy and beef cattle, lamb, poultry and honey. There is much to satisfy us all in this way of life even as our church communities pray for and offer aid to today’s warring nations who have little or no such abundance.

The sense of accomplishment that radiates from our own country acres at this time of year causes us to look anew to Advent with a comforting assurance of Immanuel, God- with-us, even in the midst of strife. We, like Ahaz, must accept God’s promise of plenty.

Janice Barnes

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