Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you!
As when fire sets twigs ablaze
and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name known to your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before you!
For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
who remember your ways.
But when we continued to sin against them,
you were angry.
How then can we be saved?
All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
No one calls on your name
or strives to lay hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us
and have given us over to our sins.
Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord;
do not remember our sins forever.
Oh, look on us, we pray,
for we are all your people.
~Isaiah 64:1-9 (NIV)
While reflecting on Isaiah 64 and listening to David’s sermon on November 26, it occurred to me that this passage speaks to identity in a way I hadn’t noticed before. Our identity as it once was is described as “like one who is unclean,” melting leaves blown about by our iniquities. This identity is where we once were, lost and hopeless.
This is not, however, where we are left.
Now we are children of God, works of His hand. Behold, we are His people.
In light of that identity, we are able to call on our Father – please look! In light of who we are, and in the knowledge of what God has done already, we long for the God of justice to come back once again – to rend the heavens. We, the Church, know He has come and we rejoice in that even while we await His second coming and the final outworking of His justice.
These past weeks I have been lamenting the way the world is broken – a world where friends lost another baby, where a loved one is living the anniversary of her Mother’s sudden death, where I do things I wish I didn’t and do not do things I wish I did. And I long, in light of my status as God’s child because of the coming of His Son, to see Him return and make all things right.
Oh come thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by thine Advent here
Chase away the shades of night
Pierce the clouds and bring us light.
Laura is a proud Dutch-woman from Saanichton, BC. She has been part of the family for as long as she remembers, and has been part of the Redemption Church community since 2012. She is also passionate about advocating for human dignity and occupational justice, and is doing her PhD in the area of blindness in the hopes of advocating for change. She loves to make food for people, play games, walk (fast) with a friend, dance and laugh – if you like any of those things, give her a ring!