It's only seven days till Christmas. Prepare your heart by following this section and pondering the questions at the end.
1 Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.
3 A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
6 A voice says, “Cry out.”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
“All people are like grass,
and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.”
9 You who bring good news to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,
lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
say to the towns of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.
QUESTION FOR PONDERING:
1. What kind of comfort does Jesus bring?
2. How does that comfort speak to you?
3. How do you need to 'make straight a path' in your own life for Jesus?
4. How has Jesus been like a shepherd to you?
PRAYER: Oh Lord, good Shepherd, thank you for your comfort. I don't deserve it. In fact, I oftentimes flee from your comforting rod. Forgive me. Forgive me for not preparing the way for you. Forgive me for seeking my own way. Forgive me for the sake of Jesus, who came to bring us real comfort. He died on the cross for the full forgiveness of my sins.Thank you Jesus. Praise and glory be to you! Help me share this message of comfort this Christmas and always. Amen.