Isaiah’s words of reassurance do bring comfort. They also equip us as we attempt to console one another, “speaking tenderly,” particularly during these times of distress and worry. In verse 6 we read that, “A voice says, ‘Cry out!’” and God’s people question, “What shall I cry?” Perhaps Isaiah is addressing the uncertainty we are experiencing in 2020.
At a time when much is unknown, we are encouraged to be strong as the bold messengers of God’s great promise.
The advent reminder of Emmanuel, God with us, is our good news to share! In doing so we remind ourselves to be confident, especially when anxiety can take over.
Lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
Lift it up, do not fear.
Say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God.”
At Trinity English we have numerous ways to accompany one another with hope, even as we are physically separated from our community of faith. New opportunities to provide spiritual care to our aging and disabled neighbors via phone will begin in November. Calling members, sending cards and words of encouragement, providing support through worship, word and sacrament, praying with and for one another, service projects, and giving in-kind donations all exist as ministries of presence to extend God’s healing and promise. God continues to equip us to love deeply, as we are loved.
God, our shepherd is surely with us still, providing for our every need, bringing us close to our creator and to one another to walk through these “rough places.” We trust that as we support and comfort each other, God is strengthening us to look for the grace we are being given, sufficient for this day’s mountains and valleys, and tomorrows.
Director of City Ministries