Ancient Wisdom: December 15, 2013 (Year A)

Read:  Isaiah 35:1-10

Meditation: “Come Home”

One of my favorite hymns is “Softly and Tenderly.”  One phrase in it says, “Ye who are weary, come home.”

Isaiah could have said the same thing it the exiles.  They had grown weary in a foreign land.  But God said that from the wilderness and dry land there would emerge gladness, rejoicing, fertility, beauty, glory and majesty.

Today, life still takes the wind out of our sails.  The freneticism of the “holiday season”‘(as it has come to be called in the culture) further erodes the sense of the sacred.  We need to hear God’s invitation to “come home.”

We point to this homecoming when we sing, “Come to Bethlehem and see, Christ whose birth the angels sang.”  Christ is our way home, the water to nourish our dry places, and the light to keep us on the path of life.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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