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Wednesday 7 December 2011 – “Higher than the eagle”   Leave a comment

The Bible passages set for today are Isaiah 40: 25-31 and Matthew 11: 28-30.

I come to write today’s Advent reflections at the end of a tiring, if mostly enjoyable, day.  It was my work’s Christmas meal at lunchtime, I have had to fit a lot of work in, and there have been family issues to sort out concerning Christmas arrangements and plans for this coming weekend.  I was awake very early this morning and now I am very tired.  Then I come to today’ readings and find they are two of the most familiar passages in the Bible that have given comfort and hope to the weary down the centuries

In Isaiah (underlined, sometime in my late teens I guess, in the Bible I have been using for these meditations) we have:

… but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
[Isaiah 40:31 NIV]

And in Matthew we have:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
[Matthew 11: 28-30 NIV]

Those are familiar and comforting words but what do they really mean for us in our relationship with God?  They certainly do not mean that because we have a relationship with God we will never tire physically. Many, if not all of use experience spiritual exhaustion too.  I find the teachings of Jesus challenging and hard to live up to. So how will I soar on eagles wings or find rest for my soul?

I am going to leave those as unanswered questions, partly because I am so tired and can not order my thoughts into words but also because I think it is something I need to ponder on.

I finish with the closing prayer from the notes to these Advent reflections:

Lord, you know us through and through, in our resting and our rising. Help us to place our trust in you each day, and in all things. Renew our spirit like the eagle, through Christ our Lord. Amen
[Your Journey to Christmas, Redemptorist Publications, 2011, p.17]

Good night!


Posted December 7, 2011 by Martyn Cooper in Advent 2011 Reflections

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