December 14 – Death’s Defeat

Isaiah 25:7-9:

And he will swallow up on this mountain
    the covering that is cast over all peoples,
    the veil that is spread over all nations.
     He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
    and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
    for the Lord has spoken.

In that day they will say,

“Surely this is our God;

   we trusted in him, and he saved us.

This is the Lord, we trusted in him;

   let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

 

Isaiah describes the Lord in all of his splendor. He metaphorically looks at what God can do and compares it to things that the people of Israel would be able to recognize and relate to. In the midst of these comparisons, he talks about God getting rid of death forever.

One thing of the few things certain in life is death. We witness this with our family members, friends and sometimes tragically with lives cut too short. We feel the pain of loss and separation. We recognize the loneliness that comes with it as we see the memories of times gone by in death’s wake. While still in our mourning, a voice cries out exclaiming death’s defeat.

How can we really understand what this means? Our lives would be completely different if there is no end to life. We wouldn’t have to say goodbye to our loved ones. We wouldn’t have to experience pain of mourning.  

How can we put stock into this? How can we believe that God will remove one of the fundamentals that we have come to know? Isaiah highlights it for us. Recognizing God’s faithfulness in keeping his word, we can rejoice in his salvation. He points out the trust we have placed in God before, and his faithfulness then. With this previous trust, he points the people of God forward: looking to the time when “God will wipe away all tears”.

 

Prayer:

Dear God,

Thank you for your faithfulness. We are weighed down by sadness and hurt of losing our families and friends, but we trust that you will be faithful in ending death. You have saved your people before and will save your people again.

In Jesus’ name

Amen

 

Hymn of the Day:

Sing Noel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioLlLc555uk

 

Family Activity:

Story writing

Spend today writing a story together. It doesn’t have to be a long story, but spend some time being inventive together. Even if you don’t write it down (but please do, and share with us!) work together to tell a narrative that unites you all together.

 

Writer’s block? Not feeling very creative? Here’s some helpful prompts to get you writing:

 

Try to include 3 of the following:

  • Christmas tree
  • manger
  • angel
  • snow
  • light
  • star
  • fire

 

Story prompts:

  • Christmas morning arrived, but it wasn’t at all what we expected. When we first woke up, there was a strange smell in the air. The smell was coming from….
  • Snow. Snow everywhere. Last night, there was a big snowstorm. The snow outside piled up higher than ….
  • Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, the curtains were on fire. Meal prep was…