Spoken tenderly, God's voice comforts and calms us in times of abandonment, distress, fear, shame and sadness. The One who comes to dwell with us calls us home and holds us close. This is the Voice we are listening for, the One who knows us intimately by name. This is Good News for all people.
In this season of Advent, you are invited to be still and listen to how God's tender words are coming to you.
Isaiah 40:1-11 NLT
“Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God.
2 “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.
Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned.
Yes, the LORD has punished her twice over for all her sins.”
3 Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,
“Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD!
Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!
4 Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills.
Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places.
5 Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together.
The LORD has spoken!”
6 A voice said, “Shout!”
I asked, “What should I shout?”
“Shout that people are like the grass.
Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field.
7 The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the LORD.
And so it is with people.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”
9 O Zion, messenger of good news, shout from the mountaintops!
Shout it louder, O Jerusalem. Shout, and do not be afraid.
Tell the towns of Judah, “Your God is coming!”
10 Yes, the Sovereign LORD is coming in power.
He will rule with a powerful arm.
See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.
For Reflection and Prayer:
What phrase or word spoke to your heart as you listened/read?
Remember a time when God brought comfort especially to you. In your prayer revisit that experience of comfort.
What does God's tender voice sound like to you? What tone is used? any gestures? Be still and allow God to speak tenderly to you. Journal what you hear.