These words are from the prophet Isaiah—spoken 700 years before Jesus was born. Jesus lived these words of Isaiah, and in the process, showed us the way to live our lives.
What has God put on your heart this Advent season to follow in the pattern of Isaiah and Jesus? Perhaps it is the greeting cards you send, along with a special hand-written message—“I’ve been thinking of you…miss you…would love to hear from you.” Or could it be through the cookies you bake and arrange on a small Christmas plate and take to a neighbor you rarely see. The cookies come in second place to your thoughtfulness and presence in their lives, if only for a moment. Have you considered who you might invite to go to church with you on Christmas Eve?
A tradition I’ve added to my Christmas season is participating in Operation Shoe Box, which enables children around the world to receive a love gift at Christmas. It’s simple and rewarding…shop for a girl or boy, and add a few little toys, one bigger toy, a toothbrush, comb, and other suggested items into a shoe box (sometimes provided by the church) that will be taken to a distribution center. Add a few dollars to help with shipping. If your church does not participate in this program, check it out for next year at https://www.samaritanspurse.org.
Thank you, God, for ways to participate in joyful activities during the Christmas season. Amen.