Friday, Dec. 2             Read Isaiah 11:1-11

from Dennis Landon, Lititz, PA:

Isaiah tells a defeated people that what is most basic about them—their relationship with God— will save them.  The “spirit of the Lord” that brooded over the waters of creation, that called them out of Egypt, that made them a strange and wonderful nation; that spirit will come to them again. “A shoot shall come from the stock of Jesse.”  God’s relationship with humans will return to the fore. The world will turn upside down. The wild and the domesticated will eat together. The venomous will not prey on the helpless. God’s people will witness to what God demands of all—that we do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8). 700 years later Jesus appears in Galilee and reads from the same Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…to bring good news to the poor…proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free…” (Luke 4:18-19)  And into our troubles, the spirit also comes. Out of the stock of Jesse. Resting on Jesus the Christ.  And upon us.  Resting also upon us.


Help me to see you, O God, in the midst of every day, even those which trouble me most. Amen.