"He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
"In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious." - Isaiah 11:1-10
Know what my favorite part of these passages is? The absence of danger. The absence of fear. The absence of destruction. Just last night, after I had a minor parenting breakdown at Lydia's basketball practice with Henry in tow (oh, Lord, basketball season...), I put the kids to bed and returned a phone call from a neighbor who warned me to lock the doors because there was someone driving through our field who was suicidal, and I felt the muscles in my chest tighten even more than they had earlier. A minor threat, really, but one nonetheless. I locked my doors.
Oh, to know that kind of peace, to rally around the Lamb and rest in that place always! Come, O come, Emmanuel.
Advent Activity: Play Christmas Music
I need to stay late at work tonight, so the advent activity had to be non-labor intensive. We will play some Christmas music while we cook, and after dinner is over, my plan is to have ourselves a merry little Christmas dance party.
So dance to Jingle Bell Rock we will.