December 8th Advent Devotional

Withering Comfort

Peter Hamm

Isaiah 40:1-11

 How is it that the thought of all of us withering like the flowers of the field is supposed to “comfort my people?” I wonder about that juxtaposition in today’s reading.

Is it because we are better served by trusting in the eternal than in trying to somehow graft ourselves into eternity?

When we commemorate the life of a loved one who has moved on, we often find ourselves celebrating their accomplishments and admiring what is sure to be a lasting legacy. When we consider how we ourselves want to be remembered, we might hope that we leave a legacy like some of the great people we have known, or even mores, perhaps some of the great people we haven’t known.

But then I recall, they are just as dead as dead can be after they are gone, and so will I be, as far as this world is concerned. And as much as I love you all, perhaps I will take comfort and joy in the fact that the One who fashioned the universe draws me to eternity in the presence and service of the Savior… and if you all forget me, that’s okay, as long as God remembers me.

And God does… indeed… remember me…

Lord may our hearts reach for you, not for something we can fashion or cause to be, no matter how good it might be. You are the only one who is truly lasting. Let us be found in you.

 Peter Hamm is the pastor (and sometimes worship leader) at Grace United Methodist Church in Norwood, OH.

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