December 15, 2021
Wednesday of the Third Week in Advent
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Isaiah and Luke who both offer us passages in which God self-describes in displays of omnipotence and tenderness.
In Isaiah, we meet the powerful Creator Who dispenses both justice and mercy.
In Luke, we meet the merciful Savior Who tenderly uses that power to heal.
With our psalm response from Isaiah, we voice our longing to be healed by God’s infinite power – a power which finds the world’s brokenness, seeps into it like rain, transforms it with love.
Poetry: I Rain by Hafiz
The poem came to mind when I prayed the verse:
Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior.
Because your meadows call
I weave light into words so that
When your mind holds them
Your eyes will relinquish their sadness,
Turn bright, a little brighter, giving to us
The way a candle does
To the dark.
I have wrapped my laughter like a gift
And left it beside your bed.
I have planted my heart’s wisdom
Next to every signpost in the sky.
A wealthy one, seeing all this,
May become eccentric,
A divinely wild soul
transformed to infinite generosity
Tying gold sacks of gratuity
To the dangling feet of moons, planets, ecstatic
Midair dances, and singing birds.
Because every cell in your body
Music: Waiting for the Rain – Kathryn Kaye