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December 9 | Isaiah 27:1-11

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Today's That Day

by Judy Webb


As I get older I find that I seldom look forward with anticipation to events in the future. It used to be that a vacation, long-planned and scheduled on the calendar for months, conjured up excitement that was hard to contain. Birthdays and Christmases were more examples of when the expectation of good times filled me with a bubbling sense of eagerness for the special day to arrive.


So, why is it that these things don’t have the same impact they once did? What does it take for me to look forward to tomorrow with a childlike response? Is there nothing that would make it difficult to sleep the night before because of the unknown delight that tomorrow might bring?

In the days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.” (Isaiah 27:6)


Am I becoming jaded? Am I discontent with life and so set on just getting by that I don’t see the opportunity all around me to celebrate each day, to find joy in each moment, to view Advent as the one thing I should truly anticipate with such awe and expectation? If ever there was a time to look forward, it is now.


Advent is the season to look forward, to anticipate with joy and wonder all that this Savior will do “In that day…when the Kingdom of the Messiah triumphs and rules. In that day…when there is victory over the serpent. In that day…we can be fruitful when we take hold of the strength of the Lord.


 

Jesus, that day is approaching, and I can barely stand the wait. I find I am finally living in expectation of Your next move. How will you use me, Lord? Come Holy Spirit, fan the flames of faith in us so we can be part of your light brigade to the world.



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