Advent 1, Wednesday, Year A

Inspired by Isaiah 54:1-10

“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”  Isaiah 54:10 (NRSV)

We live with a great deal of stress and turmoil in the world.  The things or people on which we set our hopes fail us, and it seems that all we can be certain of is that nothing is certain.

But we can also be certain of God’s love and compassion.  Cultures will adapt and change or die; the face of the earth will gradually rearrange itself, but God’s promises will hold forever, and God’s grace will never fail.

Do not put your hope in something as fragile as a person.  Do not put your hope in something as changeable as a mountain range or as shallow as the sea.  Put your hope in the One who created it all, who has power over the face of the earth and is gentle with his children.  His faithfulness will never wane, and his grace is stronger than our weaknesses.  God will never abandon us.

Let us pray.  Loving God, your love is based on your faithfulness, not our worthiness.  Turn our hearts to you, that we may understand your love makes us worthy.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.