“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom…and rejoice with joy and singing…They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. …Strengthen weak hands, and make firm feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear!” (Isaiah 35:1-4)
In some ways 2020 seems like a wasteland, a desert of aloneness amidst quarantines and global challenges. Now December has come and, while there’s hope with a vaccine on the horizon, things still look bleak with COVID infections skyrocketing in the U.S.
Let’s face it, Christmas this year may look completely different from years past. Devoid of parties, concerts, and town gatherings we anticipate with excitement, this holiday season may seem a tad dry and dreary.
Many of you still can’t go to church, either. (We go very carefully here with masks, tickets, social distance seating, and a scouring crew after each service.)
But, here’s the thing. The love of Jesus hasn’t changed. His love will still bloom in the deserts of our hearts, if we ask. The more we pray, strengthening His presence in our lives, the brighter the blooms – no matter how desolate things seem.
grace, peace & desert blooms
Virginia : )
“But I repeat, do not fear: Jesus is with you, and you are with Him! In darkness, tribulation, anxiety of spirit, Jesus is with you… I assure you that Jesus is holding you more tightly than ever to His divine heart.” Padre Pio (Saint Pio of Pietrelcina)