January 4, 2022
God is to be exalted
An excerpt from Isaiah 6:1-3 (NRSV)
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Reflection from Ana Soonthornsima:
To appreciate how Isaiah was feeling as he entered the temple, we must understand the circumstances.King Uzziah was a great king of Judah, during the greater part of which he and his people had been prosperous. Uzziah’s son was to be the successor but war was looming ahead. The heavy weight of uncertainty felt upon Isaiah – what was to be the future of his people? At the temple Isaiah’s vision gives him hope and strength for he sees the true King in His glory, the Lord.
We can relate to Isaiah. At times we too have been overwhelmed, anxious, uncertain about the future, but this passage shows us that we need to pause and put our trust in God for help and guidance.
Photograph by Mary Rodgers
For further study and prayer, the readings assigned for today are:
Psalm 72; Isaiah 6:1-5; Acts 7:44-53
“In the Year that King Uzziah Died”
by D. Williams
“For my eyes have seen the King,
the Lord of Hosts!”
Tags: Advent & Christmas 2021