Tuesday, July 30: Isaiah 9 – 12
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Isaiah 9: 2-7
Definitely a feel good text. Makes me want to break out a few Christmas Carols, as we wait to greet the Christ Child.
If that wasn’t enough, chapter 11 holds its own little treasure . . . the prayer used for confirming the faith of our youth.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him (or her), the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
May God’s Spirit rest always upon you!
Readings for the next few days:
Wednesday, July 31: Isaiah 13 – 17
Thursday, August 1: Isaiah 18 – 22
Friday, August 2: Isaiah 23 – 27
Saturday, August 3: Isaiah 28 – 30