Shame, when you feel it, invites itself to stay. It moves in. Puts its feet up. This will be no brief visit.
Disgrace, if you’ve landed there, is even longer-lasting. It’s a darkness from which few ever truly emerge.
But what if you could?
What if there were a true and sound pathway out of the darkness of shame and disgrace? What if there truly, actually, physically, emotionally, spiritually is such a thing as redemption?
In today’s reading (Isaiah 54:1-8), Isaiah says this to Israel:
“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
For your Maker is your husband— the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.
Advent Week Two, Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: