The Word

Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Galatians 3:23-25;4:4-7
John 1:1-18
Psalm 147 

In the beginning was the Word.  God spoke the Word and the universe came to be.  God spoke the Word to save humans from their own mistakes.

The Word was given to Solomon and by it he gained great Wisdom.  Wisdom is also the Word.

Proverbs 3:18-20

She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.

Proverbs 4:6-8

Do not forsake Wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.  Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.

Proverbs 8:22-31

The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;
I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.
When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water;
before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills I was given birth,
before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world
I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
when he gave the sea its boundry so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
Then I was the craftsman at his side.  I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.

Jesus is the Word and the Wisdom.

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

Unto Us A Child Is Born

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 7:10-16
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25
Psalm 80:1-7, 1618

God sat with his Son talking about creating the universe.

Humans must have freewill.  In that way, they will be like us.

Father, if we give them choices, they could chose unwisely.

They will and when they do, you must bring them back.  You will become one of them and lead them to me.

How can I become human?

I will hold on to that part of you separating us from them.  You will take on the same chemical form they live in.  You will be able to talk with me in the same way that they can but fail to do.  You will be human in every way.  You will have a new name, God Saves, for that is what you will do.

But if I am fully human, might I too fail you?

It is a great responsibility.  I would not ask you to do it if I did not believe in you.  Humans must be punished for their turning away from us.  You will serve as their scapegoat, taking on the sins of humanity and cleansing them so they can come in and eat with us.

Father, I will not fail you.

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

Comfort Ye

Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 35:1-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11
Luke 1:46-55


Isaiah directed his words to a suffering people, lost in a wilderness of self-indulgence, caring little for others.  He spoke of punishment and suffering, of justice for those who have caused pain to others.  And he spoke of comfort.

The wilderness will rejoice and blossom.  …the ransomed of the Lord will return.  They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.

When Mary visited Elizabeth, the soon to be mother of John the Baptizer, she gave a prophecy that Isaiah might have uttered.  He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts….  He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.

Jesus, the Messiah, he who had begun to form in Mary even as she met Elizabeth and the yet to be born John, gave comfort to John as that great prophet languished in prison, awaiting his execution.  Jesus did not claim anything that had not been promised centuries before by Isaiah and many others, all speaking the Word given to them by the God of the Word.

The blind see, the lame walk, lepers cured, the deaf hear, the dead raised.  Take comfort John.  You have done a mighty deed.  Accept the Peace of God.

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

A Little Child Will Lead them

2nd Sunday of Advent 

Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19

God gave sight to Isaiah allowing him so see the coming child who will lead all nations, all peoples, into the promised land.  Isaiah saw the child as a descendant of David, son of Jesse.  He saw that the child will rule over a kingdom free of anger, hatred, bitterness, greed, envy, or corruption.  No person will attack another just as the leopard and the goat will eat and sleep together.

Isaiah also saw the man preparing for the child.  He shouted to the people to build a highway for the child, a highway in our hearts.  Clear away the debris of our crooked lives.  Level off the mounds of our animosity.  Fill in the depths of our jealousy.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace.

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence