Life is hard. A lot of people feel that hardness during the holidays, thinking back on their losses. But Church tradition tells us this is also the season of Advent, the time when we look forward to the coming of Christ. Advent allows us to look backwards and grieve. But it also gets us to look forward in hope. It is a season of longing. This month we practice Christian longing by visiting some prophecies given to Israel during hard times. These prophecies are captured well by the Advent hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," which acknowledges loss while pointing us to the coming Messiah.
December 1 - O Come, Emmanuel - Isaiah 7:10-16
December 8 - O Come, Rod of Jesse - Isaiah 11:1-5
December 15 - O Come, Day-spring - Isaiah 60:1-6
December 22 - O Come, Desire of Nations - Haggai 2:1-9
December 23 - God with Us - Matthew 1:18-25
December 29 - O Come with a Word that Sustains the Weary - Isaiah 50:4-11