In an attempt to put a little levity in the moment the church sign along 109th Ave read: “Let Us Give Thanks to God, 2020 is Nearly Over.”
One has to admit that the year 2020 is like no other in our lifetimes. While memorable events did take place there are plenty of others we would like to forget
So how comforting is those opening lines of the passage of Isaiah in the first reading today! “Comfort, give comfort to my people says your God.” Don’t we all need comforting? Hasn’t this year troubled us enough? Isn’t it wonderful to know our God understands and desires to respond to our plight?
Our Journey through Advent and Christmas echoes the next line in the passage. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem (us) and proclaim to her that her service is at an end (our troublesome times) her guilt is expiated (God’s mercy is abundant) indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins (we have felt the weight of the world’s greed, selfishness, and violence).”
The announcement of the coming of a messenger, John the Baptist, who will further announce the coming of a Savior, Jesus, was good news back them and greater news for us today.
So let us together search out that Savior. Let us welcome Jesus into our hearts. Let us discover the comfort that only God’s infinite mercy and love can bring to us.
Let Isaiah’s words ring true in us and comfort us as we end 2020!