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On Monday evening this week we had the joy of attending an on-line Service of Lessons and Carols organized by the Diocesan ACW. It was uplifting to see familiar faces from across the Diocese of Calgary and to hear the old, old story of God’s enduring love for humankind.

One of the lessons was from the Prophet Isaiah 40:1-11 which was also the first Scripture Reading on Sunday. The reading begins the last Section of the book of the Prophet Isaiah in which the Prophet reassures God’s people that there will be a time of gladness and restoration after a time of trouble and captivity. The faithfulness and forgiveness of God is acknowledged in a poem written by King Hezekiah which precedes Isaiah’s message of comfort and tenderness.

Today we remember the Prophets of the Old Testament who were faithful witnesses to their people, both high and low, exhorting them to abandon their idols and return to the Worship of the One True God. Worship which would find expression in social justice, mercy, the care of creation, and the love of neighbour. May the Prophet’s words move us this Advent Season to seek reconciliation with our Creator through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Bible Reading: Isaiah 38:1-22; 39:1-8; 40:1-11