Thursday: December 19      

Isaiah 7:10-16

Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.

Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.

He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.

from Kevin Snow, Central Christian Church, Huntington, and

Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adults

            When faced with moments of doubt and uncertainty, we need tangible reminders of God’s presence.  Because we forget frequently that God is always with us, we need moments of reassurance.

We see this theme consistently throughout the scriptures.  Moses is unwilling to deliver the Israelite people out of Egypt until God promises to go with him and reveal the divine name.  God’s presence continues with the Israelite people as pillars of cloud and fire, leading them forward day and night.  In Isaiah, God offers King Ahaz a sign of God’s continued presence with the world in the form of a child named Immanuel (God is with us).

How often do we forget or overlook God’s presence?  How can we name God’s presence in our world more frequently, for ourselves and others?

Ever present God, draw back pieces of your mystery each day,

that we might see you at work more fully in our world,

calling attention to your abiding presence

 in the midst of uncertainty, doubt, and fear.

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