Sing for Joy
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.
~ Isaiah 35: 5-6 (full reading 35: 1-10)
The Promised One is coming. These Advent days mark our waiting. What is it this year that you are looking for? Longing for? What are ways you feel you are being held captive? What are words for your waiting for this year?
This Advent time can bring a new and renewing rhythm for our spirits. Here in these intentional December days we are invited to see, pray and live into what is next for us. As we slow our pace and shift our focus, we are welcomed into the joy of anticipation. There is new energy and excitement here. In this waiting it’s as though we can sense this new place coming alive in us, even before it happens.
The writer in Isaiah names this joy in the verses above. We are told that the blind will see, the lame will leap like a deer and those who have not spoken will sing songs of joy. We are told that water will come to the dry and barren wilderness and streams will be seen in the desert.
Allow the prophet’s words to enter into your spirit this day. Allow your heart to quicken and your spirit to dance with the joy in these waiting days. Lean in and keep watching for the Promised One is coming.
Breath prayer: “streams” “in the desert”
Prayer: Come, Promised One, come. Bring to this dry place streams of life-giving water. Fill our silence with songs of joy. Come soon we pray. Amen.
Working as a Hospice Chaplain, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.