The Tiger's Eye

07 December 2005

Book of Isaiah 40,1-11.

Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins.
A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!
Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; The rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all mankind shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
A voice says, "Cry out!" I answer, "What shall I cry out?" "All mankind is grass, and all their glory like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower wilts, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it. (So then, the people is the grass.)
Though the grass withers and the flower wilts the word of our God stands forever."
Go up onto a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings; Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God!
Here comes with power the Lord GOD, who rules by his strong arm; Here is his reward with him, his recompense before him.
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, Carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.

This was the Old Testament reading yesterday, when I read it, I felt something speak to me and I thought, “I’ll save it and comment when I get home” but now that I have slept I cannot for the life of me remember what it was the struck me so profoundly.

On Sunday our priest spoke out on a similar vein. I remember thinking mostly, “Do not put of doing the works of charity, prepare your heart TODAY for there may not be a tomorrow”. We never really know if there will be a tomorrow, do we? The purpose of Advent is to call us to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. Not just on Christmas but forever in our hearts.

...On a side note, today I accidentally bought a regular sandwich for lunch and couldn't finish it. When we were walking back to the office, I gave the uneaten half to a homeless man I met on the street. I asked him if he wanted the half for lunch, he said, "Why yes I would" so I left it with him. I think I may do that more often.

On another note, its December 7th today, in 1941 our country was attacked by the Japanese. You would think that there would be more comment made by the media but apparently they are afraid of making us think patriotically at this time in our history. I spent a few moments this morning thinking and praying about our soldiers.