The deep need for redemption that Jeremiah laments
Why does Jerusalem always turn away? They refuse to return…no one repents… (Jeremiah 8:5 & 6),
and the hope for redemption that Isaiah proclaims
The Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed… (Isaiah 54:6),
becomes the redemption that is celebrated by the Psalmist years later:
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. (Psalm 126)
May God give us courage to turn away from our sin and to long for redemption.
In our shame and despair, may we remember the promise of redemption.
And when the day of redemption comes, when our best dreams are restored, may we celebrate with song of joy.
Advent Week Two, Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: