This Sunday’s scripture, from the beautiful text of Isaiah 35:1-10 begins, “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.”
Each of us knows all too well the parched areas of our lives – the parts of our hearts that are dry and hard. However, renewal is always possible. God’s quenching love always breaks through, and our hearts can bloom once more. Unfortunately, the temptation is to simply return to life as usual, with nary a thank you. Then, we wonder why the hard, barren places return.
There are certainly cycles in our lives, just as there are cycles in nature. We simply do not bloom all the time. However, in the times when we are in full joyous color, let us remember to give thanks and rejoice. We are so quick to express our complaints and laments, but slow to celebrate our thanksgivings. This Sunday we will light the candle of joy. Not all problems can be fixed in a day, but the good news is that God’s love is eternal. Our hard, barren places do not have the last word. God does, and God is love. So are we. We just forget. Come help us all remember that we are all God’s children, and that the love, light, and yes, joy of Christ is for each us. Yes, every one. That is the promise of Christmas. Let us give thanks.
Rev. Sue Ann