They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings. They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.Isaiah 40:31
The first reading today is aligned again with hope we find in Christ. Isaiah 40:31 is my absolute go to verse. It reminds me of where my strength comes from throughout my day, no matter what my circumstance is.
The days leading up to Christmas can be so overwhelming. Many of us will be running around trying to cram in our to do lists of buying Christmas gifts, Christmas parties, family gatherings, etc. Some of us will be stressed with financial burdens, and/or hard feelings towards family members at family gatherings. This can zap all our energy, leaving us weary and faint.
The awesome news Isaiah shares with us is that there is hope. As we prepare our hearts this Advent, the home within our being, to welcome Christ we will be renewed and refreshed on a daily basis. This tiny baby we receive in our own arms, just as Mary did over 2000 years ago, is our strength and freedom from all this busyness and stress. May our focus be on this gift that is placed before us each and every day. Our choice is to receive it or leave it as we move through our day.
The invitation today is to choose to take Christ along with us today and draw our strength and energy from His love for us so that we may not grow weary or faint.