The Coming New Life
When my wife and I began to start a family, we decided to adopt. The adoption process was long and full of heartbreak. It took several years, and we had several adoptions fall through. When we finally received the news that we would be adopting our daughter, we were filled with anxiety. Would something go wrong yet again? What would life look like after our daughter was born?
The Israelites must have been filled with similar thoughts. They have been in captivity in Babylon for 70 years and now they are on the cusp of being able to return to their homeland. The fact that many of them had never been there only increased their anxiety!
Isaiah brings them words of comfort from God. Isaiah promises that God is creating a new life for the Israelites. God is promising to be with them through the journey as they return to their ancestral home. God is promising a new covenant and a new life. God is promising mercy and forgiveness. Above all God is promising presence.
As we travel towards the conclusion of Advent, we remember that these are God’s promises to us too. God is bringing new life. God is offering mercy and forgiveness. Above all we remember God’s presence throughout the journey of our lives as we prepare to the birth of Emmanuel, “God with us.”
Alpha and Omega, we do not know what life will bring us. During our journey, there will be transitions, changes, and anxiety. There will be joys and sorrows. Throughout it all, we give thanks that you are present with us. Continue to walk beside us and guide us. We pray this in the name of the coming Christ, who will fulfill the new covenant. Amen.
Rev. Chris Deacon is an ordained pastor in the PC (USA) and is serving the United Parish of Bowie, a union UCC/PC(USA) church in Bowie, MD. He is also the author of “Louder Than Words”.
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