The image we hold of God, the one we actually live out of, influences our willingness to trust God. Who is this God we are asked to trust? And how does he meet us in our pain, suffering, weakness, and powerlessness?
Isaiah 40:18, 27-31 NLT
To whom can you compare God?
What image can you find to resemble him?
O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?
O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
For your prayer and reflection:
What phrase or word spoke to you as you listened to the text?
What did you need to hear?
When you think of God, what do you believe God to be like? Could you have a conversation with God about this?
Are there things that hold you back from celebrating the birth of the Christ child? Can you name them and give them over to God?
If you insert your name for Judah and Israel, how does it change the meaning for you?