(Wondering what this is? For more information, see the introduction.)
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
You are precious in my sight, and honoured, and I love you. – Isaiah 43
Advertising works very hard to make us believe that we are not good enough. T.V. commercials and beauty magazines brag of the benefits of the latest anti-wrinkle cream, hair growth formula or weight-loss fad. We push ourselves to achieve at work, because our status depends on our productivity. But this is not how God measures our worth. We are precious in God’s sight for no other reason than that we are created in God’s image, and God loves us. Meditate on this passage, keeping in mind that God is speaking to you personally, and means every word.
Birds, though you long have ceased to build,
Guard the nest that must be filled.
Even the hour when wings are frozen
God for fledging time has chosen.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the bird, is on the way.
This Advent devotional is intended to help you enter into the season of advent. We hope you enjoy it! Many thanks to the Rev. Paul Jennings for his help putting these reflections together.