Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
He will come and save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
A World of Dreams
No matter who we are, where we are living, or what time of the day, we live in a world of dreams. The reality of the moment is interrupted by the dreams of our hopes. Israel finds its life in a mess. What is going to happen? Can it survive? Isaiah plants his feet and pours out a message of hope that is almost unreal. A picture painted in the minds of his people of a land where God is present and in control. So as we dream of hope we too can find a place where God is and where we are at peace. That is the hope and message of Advent and Christmas. No matter what is happening in our lives, God is present and we are His. It has been stated that this is the first prelude to what Christ brought to the world in the Bible. So our journey in this life is not the most comfortable. We need help! Then let’s do two things: Put this passage in our dream world, and then open our hearts to the magnificent picture of the Christmas story.
by Rev. Tom Money