Singing for Joy

Isaiah 35:1-10 Luke 1:46b-55 Matthew 11:2-11 Psalm 130 reads, “I wait for God more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” Third shift.  This psalm refers to watchmen who pull the third shift 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.  The watchmen stand on the stone walls of their towns and look forth into the darkness.  With no artificial light, all they can do is stand and wait, listening to each rustle of the leaves and crack of the stick.  Their only light is the moon, the stars and the nearby torch. (1) Third shift.  The sentries stand at their post, watching in anticipation for the first dawn light.   The psalmist tells us that joy comes in the morning, but what if, what if joy also comes in the evening, when we are pulling the third shift and waiting in the brisk, cold night-time air?  What if joy comes not only with the morning but also with the darkest hour of the night? This is a question not only for us but also for the Israelites exiled in Babylon.  Uprooted from their homes and all that was familiar, the Israelites remembered joy only as a faint memory or an old friend who had not visited for a long time.  They had forgotten what joy looked like, or how she laughed or what her mannerisms were. They wondered: how do we sing a song of God in […]

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The Song of Freedom

Luke 1:39-55 Holy One, may the meditations of all of our hearts be pleasing unto you and bring healing for all of us and for all the Earth. Amen.* Mary’s words today – about how the lowly are lifted up and the hungry are filled with good things – are known as the song of Mary, because it is believed […]

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