No matter what Prime Ministers (Laurier and Justin Trudeau) say about sunny ways, I have a habit of seeing gloomy ways. Let the conversation start with something that’s wrong in the world and I can drag the discussion down to new depths as I “awfulize” with the worst of them.
That’s why Isaiah’s message is so important. It reminds me of a reality too easy to forget. These words don’t ignore the grim realities of life, but they assure us that God is still creating, and they urge a more God-like approach to our living. Rather than being caught up in ways that hurt and destroy, it is better to notice God’s creating.
Where there is the sound of weeping or the cry of distress, there are things to be done to cause gladness and rejoicing. Hurt and destruction can be overcome with constructive action. Where labour is exploited and someone’s future is denied, we can strive for justice, and we have hope to offer. We can do these things because God is still creating.
God is creating through people who have heard Isaiah’s call and who proclaim it through their words and deeds with gladness and rejoicing.
Creating God, create a sense of gladness in me that leads others to rejoice. Amen. — KW