“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,Isaiah 2:3
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
Today, we light the first purple candle signifying hope.
Hope seems to have dwindled lately. The world around us appears flooded in darkness. Uncertainty abounds many and only a tiny flame of hope burns within.
In the readings, Isaiah encourages us to climb to the “Lord’s” mountain.
What does that mean in our faith journey?
Often on retreats, I hear the phrase “I’m on top of the mountain”. In other words, their spirit has reached a high point. It has climbed to a place where they are most vulnerable to hearing God’s voice and feeling his love.
Imagine climbing a mountain. You reach the top and you look down at all that is around. What feelings or thoughts surface?
I personally would feel as if nothing were impossible.
Perhaps this is exactly what Isaiah wants us to experience as we “climb the Lord’s mountain,” allowing God to lead us to what is impossible for us on our own. As we climb that mountain this Advent, let us fill the hope that Christ will bring into our hearts this season.
As we awake from the darkness and begin our journey, let us travel up the mountain rejoicing in hopefulness.
I invite you to sit for a moment and reflect on what you are hopeful for this Advent?