By: Maggie Leonard
Isaiah 7:10-16
Reflection—v.13 ‘Isn’t it enough for you to be tiresome for people that you are also tiresome before my God?’

This line cracks me up. I had no idea that Isaiah was so sassy! In this story, Jerusalem is being attacked and God sends Isaiah to offer comfort and divine signs to King Ahaz. However, King Ahaz refuses the offer, saying that he won’t test God. This is when Isaiah responds, ‘Isn’t it enough for you to be tiresome for people that you are also tiresome before my God?’ Bahahaha! Burn. Isaiah knew that Ahaz was only giving him lip service, trying to appear pious. Words without action are tiresome. But it’s right about now, when Jerusalem was on the brink of disaster that God speaks, offering a sign and promise to be with us. I feel that sense of impending disaster these days—maybe most strongly in relation to climate change. We have a lot of words and not enough action. I cannot help but wonder if we have other Isaiah’s in our midst. Perhaps in Autum Peltier, Isra Hirsi, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, or Greta Thunberg—all young women speaking out and offering new ways forward. May we not be tiresome, offering them lip service. May we be willing to receive the signs that God offers us, even under the threat of destruction. It is during this time of Advent that we prepare to receive God to the world. I pray that we nurture a world worthy of such a reception.

Prayer: God, open our hearts that we may hear the voices of your prophets!

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