December 8

Isaiah 12:2-6

“Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth.” vs. 5

Pink Candle Sunday, the Third Sunday in Advent, is just a few short days away and we rejoice as it comes close. It’s an annual reminder that the Lord has done gloriously and that the whole earth is yearning to know that God’s love is unyielding, overwhelming, and all powerful. Sadly, so much of religious history has revolved around our human propensity to construct God in our image and imagine that God is full of anger, vengeance, and petty judgments. We’ve invoked God’s name against enemies of every kind and raised the banner of Christ in bloody crusades against imagined infidels. We’ve terrorized children in our religious schools and blamed God for every natural disaster. In our hands religion has become a tool of the state and national banners are hung in our sanctuaries. In other words we’ve done all that we can to destroy and malign the God of our salvation. But not everyone has gotten on board! There are many who have not bowed the knee to those mythic gods of our power hungry culture. These are ones who are singing for joy this week. These are the ones that know that God dwells in the souls of every human being and, and that God works through the Spirit to bring a message of peace and love to every hurting person. Through them evil is vanquished and goodness triumphs!

Thought for the Day: Why do many people hate in the name of Jesus?

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