Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
Whew! Rush rush rush. Dear Reader, I am writing this on the Wednesday 3 days before Christmas. The Good Lord spoke to me a few moments ago and said “Dickie – stop what your doing, sit down and think about me a for a moment, read the passage for Dec. 27 and write”. Yes Lord, I am doing it.
I may be writing in the heat of pre Christmas excitement and expectations but you will read this 2 days after the blessed event. Hopefully you and I will not have lost that wonderful feeling of expectations and joy. Having participated in the Christmas music concert at St. Mathews on Sunday evening, I came away with that special Christmas “spirit” that I hope to have every Christmas only to be disappointed at times. The excitement that comes with knowing that you are about to receive a gift of great value. No disappointment this year. I am just as excited as my grandchildren. Of course they help create the excitement.
You are probably wondering what this has to do with Isaiah 44. Well, there is a connection. God speaks directly to his prophet Isaiah and tells him the future. God has chosen Isaiah, his family and his descendants. He also promises to bless his offspring. If this is not enough, he confirms that he is the only true God and therefore has the full and ultimate authority to chose. Can you imagine a gift of more value than that? I cannot. Imagine the excitement that Isaiah must have felt knowing that God had chosen him and his family. He is given a whole new life for himself, his loved ones and all his descendants.
On Sunday morning we will Celebrate (you have celebrated) the most wonderful of all gifts. The gift of love in the form of a little Baby born many years ago in a far distant land far removed from the reality of
May God bless you in 2006 and may you keep this sense of excitement as you receive his blessings throughout the year.