Readings for the Christmas Season
The fifth day of Christmas
Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
…..my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
…..he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2 He will not cry or lift up his voice,
…..or make it heard in the street;
3 a bruised reed he will not break,
…..and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
…..he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4 He will not grow faint or be crushed
…..until he has established justice in the earth;
…..and the coastlands wait for his teaching. Isaiah 42:1-4
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“He will not grow faint.” I grow faint. Most pastors grow faint at some time or another. Congregations are people. People are people. And sometimes they act in ways that wear you down (though at other times they surprise you wonderfully!)
Parents grow faint. Children are children and sometimes they act in ways that wear you down (though at other times they surprise you wonderfully!)
Workers grow faint. Volunteers grow faint. Warriors grow faint. Politicians must surely grow faint. Those who struggle for justice, those who feed the hungry, those who tend the sick, those who care for the elderly – we all grow faint. Sometimes the work seems pointless. Sometimes it seems like we will never achieve what is necessary. Ugliness persists. War persists. Hate persists. Hardness of heart persists. We all grow faint.
But he will not grow faint. “He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth.” He will not grow faint until the world is reborn. He will not grow faint until we are filled with his Spirit. He will not grow faint until peace and fidelity reigns.
He will not grow faint. And in his courage we persist.