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This week we took a look at two scripture lessons Isaiah 40:1-5 and Luke 1:67-69.
Just last week, close to home, we had an 8 year old girl shot. She is going to live, but imagine the horror that will follow her the rest of her life. Who hears the cries of this girl and her family? On Sunday morning we got the news of a mass shooting in Orlando, where around 50 people were killed in a nightclub. No one deserves to live in fear for their lives. Who hears the cries of those who mourn?
The Prophet Isaiah brings words of comfort in the midst of difficulty. Isaiah shares God’s Word to the people who are being exiled. “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” God reminds them of the covenant promise He made with them a long time ago. Even in midst of chaos and change God is still their God and is with them.
In the Gospel we read about birth of John the Baptist. His father Zechariah prophesied, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people.” God reminds us once again that he sends those to proclaim His promises.
I long to see a generation that is raised to stand in the way of violence and hatred. We first need to believe and trust in the promises of God, that He is in control and will always be with us even the hardest times of grief and pain. We as the church can then stand with those who grieve and stand in the way of violence. We can be a generation that fights against a culture of violence. By the Holy Spirit we are empowered to do and proclaim God’s promises to the grieving.