Does God Seem Far Away?

Look! The Lord does not lack the power to save,
    nor are his ears too dull to hear,

Isaiah 59:1

I love this bumper sticker that says: “If God seems far away, guess who moved?” I think of this when I read the first two verses of today’s reading. First, God is powerful to save us from whatever might be coming against us, and secondly, if there is a problem with us being helped by God, it’s on our part, not on God’s part!

As you read about the kinds of wrongdoing of which Isaiah speaks in the rest of the reading, stop and ask yourself about what YOU might be doing to stop the flow of love and God’s grace in your life. Readings like these can help us think about how we act and to turn our eyes toward Jesus and listen to how Jesus wants us to act.

 Isaiah 59:1-15a

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
Your hand stretched out for saving v. 1
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Fourth 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…