Posted: 05 December 2014

Advent: A letter to Isaiah

As we move to the final day focusing on Isaiah 64.1-9, Martin Wroe pens a letter to the author of the Book of Isaiah. Whilst these latter chapters of the book are ascribed to Isaiah, no one knows who really wrote it. As you read the letter, think about how you might find ways to ensure all children are free from the impact of poverty and neglect, so that they are ready to focus on the coming presence at Christmas.

Dear Isaiah

Dear Isaiah 
(or at least, the person who wrote Isaiah 64.1-9)
 
The days you lived in probably help explain your bleak outlook, how you seem a bit fed up with everyone.
Even the Almighty. No-one believes in God anymore. More absent than present.
 
You’d like a little more ‘nation trembling’ and, from our chapter in history, twenty five centuries on,
you’d find plenty of people to concur. A little bit of shock and awe to jump start history,
some holy wrath to remind people who is in charge.
We still have our disappointing days, the days where you can understand how someone
came up with the idea of original sin, the days when we might as well get lost, like autumn leaves in the wind.
The days when even our best efforts seem like a filthy dishcloth, as you put it.
But we have good days too, days with an original innocence. 
Days when the fittest of us are only about the survival of those who don’t fit.
 
As for no-one calling on the Name anymore, it’s true, the numbers still aren’t good.
Black Friday is bigger than Good Friday.
Yet, maybe there are more people calling on that Name than we realise, that the Name is more present than we think.
That’s another advantage of being in our chapter.
You couldn’t see who history was waiting for.
How everything might start to look different because of one rare individual, born not
far from you, who became a kind of hi-def movie of divinity on earth.
Who revealed that the divine face is not hidden from us after all.
 
It’s just not where we thought it was. It’s in that woman volunteering at the foodbank
The teenager listening to the old lady who has lost her husband
The nurse taking time in a busy day to talk to a patient
 
The twenty-somethings at their laptops in the office of an obscure campaigns group
That family who’ve adopted a child who’d thought she was unwanted.
As you saw yourself Isaiah, or whoever you were, the divine face is not hidden from us at all,
it’s in the face of all those who wait for God.
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