Isaiah 40: 1-11
I was recently challenged by the words of Richard Rohr in his daily meditation as he asked “How much do we see God as our personal safety net?” I realized that in writing my spiritual autobiography, I had looked at all the ways God has upheld and loved me during my lifetime. Yet here I was awakened to realize that God is so much more than that.
While reading these verses assigned for today, I was reminded that humankind is really only a small part of creation. We are indeed part of this created world, but there is so much more. We are constantly reminded these days to be mindful of how we treat the world around us so as to preserve it, keep it habitable, and leave it for generations to come. Yet have we ever looked at it with God’s eyes? God created this world for us, and we have abused it. God loves all creation — the mountains and hills, the rivers and valleys, the animals, and even the mosquitos. Everything, including humankind, is given its place and contribution to the well-being of all. As God loves, so must we.
Advent is a time for new beginnings. These verses are all about God’s forgiveness. God speaks to Isaiah to tell Israel they have been forgiven. Let us remember that forgiveness calls for change, a new opportunity. In our preparation for Christ’s coming, let us take a look around us and see what we are called to do.