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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

Let Us Walk In The Light Of The Lord

First Sunday of Advent 

Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44
Psalm 122

James tingles with excitement.  Jesus blasted the Temple leaders, showered them with fire and brimstone.  Now is the time.  Now Jesus must claim His proper place as King and throw out all these hypocrites.  Tell us, Jesus, when will it happen and how will we know?

I cannot tell you when it will happen.  I do not know.  The angels do not know.  Only my Father knows.  Many things will happen before I come.  Do not be fooled by them.  They are only signs that I will come.  They are not signs of when I will come.  It is not now.

But Master, Isaiah promised that all nations will come to the Temple seeking to know God, yet you say the Temple will soon be destroyed.  How can this be?  If there is no Temple, how will the people come to you?

God will provide the Temple at the proper time.  When Daniel asked when that time would be, the answer was “It will be for a time, times and half a time.”  Then God told Daniel, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.”

Master, what do we do until then?

Do all that has been given to you.  Care for all you meet.  Offer hatred to no one.  Do not worry about the time.  Trust the time to the hands of God the Father and walk in His Light.



Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence