December 18th Advent Devotional

“We Are Healed”

Carrie Benton

Isaiah 53:1-6

 This passage in Isaiah opens in curiosity and wonder – a fitting attitude for the season of Advent. We look around at our world, at our country, at our lives and we wonder – what on earth is God up to? Isaiah gives us some clues. God is up to something unexpected, for sure; something we’ll probably not notice, not at first; something we might initially react with disgust at, or try to avoid or hide from.

It has to do with wounds – yours, mine, the world’s, God’s. “By his wounds we are healed.” God’s intention toward all of us, this whole created world, is goodness, healing and restoration. Wounds are meant to be healed. This is what God does through Jesus Christ.

Isaiah reveals that God has always been this way. In our pain and struggle, we often do not expect kindness, mercy or healing love. Yet, the holy nudge to anticipate healing in these moments comes from One who, through woundedness, through suffering, heals with great love.

In this season, Christ invites us to let our wounds co-mingle with Divine wounds. Can we trust that Christ will return to us with the gift of our wounds healed? Will we recognize our connection to so much beyond ourselves? What might it look like to participate in Christ’s incarnate healing encounters with the wounded realities of the world?

God of healing, help us to release our pain into your loving arms. We want to be part of what you are doing to heal the world through the wounds of Christ.

 

Carrie Benton is the pastor of the Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church in the mountains of western Montana.

©2018 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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