With pictures of greed and violence surrounding us, with the pagan hideousness that the Christmas season has become, perhaps we should all take a deep breath and consider this prophecy from Isaiah 11:
1And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
3And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
Some of us are poor in material goods. In this economy, many are hurting, unable to think they’ve much to celebrate this Christmas. But know this: we are all poor in spirit who think that we must shower gifts on our loved ones, gifts we buy without having the money to pay for them.
Scale back your worldly goals, increase those of the spirit. Know that God loves you all the more if you will but meet Him halfway this Advent. Prepare, in humility, for the coming of our savior. Understand that he has been predicted since at least the time of Isaiah. Who are we to argue with one such as this great prophet of Israel?