United Church of Christ

Books of the Bible: Isaiah

I imagine God speaking plainly: ‘I could walk out right now and leave you cringing in your corner. But I am going to surprise you. I am going to give you another chance.’


O God, get us to the heavenly feast. And when we arrive, may we meet one stranger after another who welcomes us, as though we truly belonged.


What did Isaiah say in troubled times? In a word: reconnect with the One who was both the first and the last, who had laid the foundation of the earth and heavens.


A biblical standard for leadership is that a leader shall work to make the world safer for the vulnerable, for the lambs and calves, for the poor and the children.


In the realm of heavenly peace, angels wait for God’s signal to fly. Around fires in the hills, shepherds swap bawdy stories. In a nasty shed, Mary labors. It will come.


Isaiah saw the possibility of all kinds of animals living together. In our time, it’s a challenge to see the possibility of those animals—wolves, bears, bees—simply staying alive.


Advent promises a great reversal! The lion will dwell with the lamb. The desert will blossom and bloom. And there will be great joy!


Tell people about the deep wells of joy that faith gives you to draw upon. Tell someone about the times in your life when God has meant the difference between life and death.


My family was Lutheran. We always prayed before we ate, ‘Come Lord Jesus, be our guest and let thy gifts to us be blessed.’ Is the time of blessing and gifts already here?


Pointing out someone else’s hypocrisy is a great way to deflect attention from my own inconsistences. ‘Hey look! There’s a way bigger hypocrite over there!’