This is God For Whom We Have Waited

This meditation is based on a passage for December 30, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Isaiah 25:1-9

Reflection and Question: Isaiah’s bursts of hope and praise here are full blown examples of the portrayal of Israel’s God as the God of all peoples and all creation. Two qualities of God in this passage are familiar to us. First, God is a refuge for the poor and distressed. Second, God presides at a rich banquet to which all are invited. Isaiah assures us that “God will wipe away the tears from all faces.” All of these images are ways to capture God’s eternal loving kindness. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians join all the faithful in waiting for the salvation promised here. Which image of God’s goodness touches you?

Prayer: Prayer: Look at what happened! This is our God!
We waited for him and he showed up and saved us! This God, the one we waited for!
Let’s celebrate, sing the joys of his salvation. God’s hand rests on this mountain!
(Isaiah 25:9-10, Eugene Peterson, The Message, p. 1251)