Third Week of Advent, Monday, December 13, 2021
A new branch will grow
from a stump of a tree;
so a new king will come
from the family of Jesse.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest upon that king.
The Spirit will give him wisdom and understanding, guidance and power.
The Spirit will teach him to know and respect the LORD.
This king will be glad to obey the LORD.
He will not judge by the way things look
or decide by what he hears.
But he will judge the poor honestly;
he will be fair in his decisions for the poor people of the land.
At his command evil people will be punished,
and by his words the wicked will be put to death.
Goodness and fairness will give him strength,
like a belt around his waist.
Then wolves will live in peace with lambs,
and leopards will lie down to rest with goats.
Calves, lions, and young bulls will eat together,
and a little child will lead them.
Cows and bears will eat together in peace.
Their young will lie down to rest together.
Lions will eat hay as oxen do.
A baby will be able to play near a cobra’s hole,
and a child will be able to put his hand into the nest of a poisonous snake.
They will not hurt or destroy each other
on all my holy mountain,
because the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD,
as the sea is full of water.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
O, how we love your promises! You are forever with us as we journey through this life, encouraging us when we feel discouraged and cheering us on when we are weary. Even now, as the threshold of winter is upon us, your promise is of new life, new beginnings, and a new way. Yours is the way of peace, prosperity, and joy in your presence.
With joyful hearts we ponder and give thanks for the new branch that grew out of the stump of the tree. Thank you that your Spirit was upon Jesus, who shares your wisdom, understanding and guidance. Thank you that your Spirit is with us. Thank you for the gift of peace.
I hear your promises today, O LORD, and thank you for…
Your ways are pleasing and full of peace. As it was in the beginning, we look for the fulfilment of your promise for creation to once again live in unity with you and each other. May we all seek to know you more, and to understand and embrace you.
With joy, we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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