Anticipating Christmas; A seasonal devotional from Imago Dei MCC
The words of the ancient truth teller Isaiah speak to me this season of anticipation.
In days to come the mountain of the Sovereign God shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.
Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, Leah and Rachel; that God may teach us the ways of God and that we may walk in the paths of God.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
God shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
O house of Jacob, Leah and Rachel, come. let us walk in the light of the LORD!
In the days between now and Christmas many people will return to the idea of being Christian. Many will say, “Merry Christmas!” But what do they mean? I believe these words called our ancient ancestors in faith to be at home with God. Not so much to a specific place but a way of being with God. Coming home to God means listening to God’s instruction about how to live God’s way. Living God’s ways leads to being at peace with God, ourselves and one another.
I believe these words speak truth not only our ancient ancestors but to you and I this in this season of anticipation. In these days of anticipation I hope we will find ways to be at home with God, to listen to God’s instruction about this season, and to be intentional about living God’s ways. Doing so will lead us to peace; peace with God, peace within, peace with one another; spiritual peace.
O house of Imago Dei, let us walk in the light of the LORD!