December 6 - Isaiah 42:1-4
v.4 “He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.”
Christmastime can be a test of patience for parents and children alike. Parents (especially dear mothers) can grow faint or be discouraged in making preparations for the season. Meanwhile, the "coastlands" of kids wait eagerly for the coming day, knowing the law of Christmas requires kids to be showered with sweets and surprises.
And here is the church, insisting the 12 days of Christmas don't begin until December 25. The days preceding Christmas instead belong to a penitential season called Advent.
Fortunately, our Lord does not suffer from an annual holiday meltdown. He does not grow weary or lose heart at the work of establishing justice in the earth. He does not have to make a list or check it twice, because distinguishing the naughty from the nice would involve cutting through the middle of every human heart. Instead, he promises to make all things new, beginning with our hearts in faith.
"Where are you?" Take heart, for God's chosen servant has chosen you. The Spirit placed upon him was also placed upon you in baptism.
Lord, we struggle with patience because we struggle with control. May your Spirit give us peace in all seasons, that we may work with diligence and pray with endurance. Amen.