[Note from Tilly: Finding myself pregnant at Christmas for the third time, I’ve committed to do a short advent devotional each weekday of December . They will all be labeled by date and can be found together under the “Advent” subject category.]
2018 Advent Series – Day 6
This week, as you wander through Target… propel yourself with grim purpose through Walmart… or as you click and scroll your way through a checklist of Amazon orders… meditate on this passage from Isaiah.
This passage gives us a hint about what food we turn to for everlasting pleasure. It tells us about why our baking and our wrapping and our twinkling lights are useless and void if they give us no feast for the soul. If they are treated as anything but an enhancement and a metaphor for the superior pleasure of the Wine, Milk, and Bread that has no price, they will give us no sustenance at all.
We could spend a lifetime of Christmases still spending our money “for that which is not bread,” and our labor “for that which does not satisfy”:
“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.”
Our Wine, our Milk, our Bread that satisfies! Our rich food that delights! Give us grace to eat that which is truly good. Open our ears, and let us hear, that our souls will live!