Delighting in the Lord

Isn’t this the fast I choose:
    releasing wicked restraints, untying the ropes of a yoke,
    setting free the mistreated,
    and breaking every yoke?
Isn’t it sharing your bread with the hungry
    and bringing the homeless poor into your house,
    covering the naked when you see them,
    and not hiding from your own family?

Isaiah 58:6-7

The prophet Isaiah must have inspired John the Baptist; John’s preaching that we read yesterday and today’s preaching of Isaiah are very much alike. Isaiah wants the people to stop making a show of worship and start helping others who are in need. Loving acts for others is part of prayer and worship.

The last verse of the reading speaks about delighting in the Lord. Have you ever thought of the word “delight” in connection with God? Thinking about God’s love toward us and God’s goodness in creating us will cause delight to spring up from inside us. Then we will naturally want to do what the Lord wants—to bring kindness and justice to others.

 Isaiah 58

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
Delighting always in You v. 14
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Third Week in Advent
Winter in the north.  Year C
Monday are dedicated in this season to the prophet Isaiah

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…