December 15, 2021
God saves us from our deepest fears
An excerpt from Micah 4:9-10 (NRSV)
Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in you? Has your counselor perished, that pangs have seized you like a woman in labor? Writhe and groan, O daughter Zion, like a woman in labor; for now you shall go forth from the city and camp in the open country; you shall go to Babylon. There you shall be rescued, there the Lord will redeem you from the hands of your enemies.
Reflection from Claire Esker:
For the last several years, it seems like the whole world has been crying aloud: we cry for an end to discrimination, for economic justice, for safe communities and a healthy planet, for freedom from illness, for life and dignity. Think of the woman in her labor pains – think of Mary, no doubt a frightened teenager at the time of Jesus’ birth, surrounded by animals and housed in a stable at what must have seemed a very dark hour. Yet, out of Mary’s darkest hours always came the joy of new life and a transformed world, whether it was at the Nativity or the Resurrection. When we leave the safety of our cities – of what we know – and fully face the darkness, what reserves of strength will we find to let Christ work through us and bring light into the world?
Photograph of Bonaventue Cemetery in Savannah, GA by Dan Nicholas
For further study and prayer, the readings assigned for today are:
Isaiah 11:1-9; Micah 4:8-13; Luke 7:31-35
“O Lord God” sung by the StGs quartet
“Daily do I worship thy great name and thy power.
Thou alone canst will help me;
O send me thy peace and love.”