“The eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a hart,
and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy.” (Isa. 35.5-6)
“The mystery of God’s activity in the world is that the tiny signs of faithfulness and love and mercy and hope, the tiny signs enacted by the Christian community, are the pointers to the glory that will come when the Lord takes his power to himself. This is not the way I would have done it; it is not the way you would have done it. No wonder we take offense. You and I would have made it obvious, so that it would have stunned everybody and made argument and questioning irrelevant. But the glory of Lebanon [cf. Is 35.1-2]… is secreted for the time being in the small deeds and the little prayers of the church of God…
‘Behold, your God will come. He will come and save you. Be strong. Fear not. The redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing—everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away’ [Is 51.11].
The true ‘glory of Lebanon’ is given by God, and it is hidden, with joy, in the deeds and the prayers of his church. Amen.” (Fleming Rutledge, Advent
Take a moment to lift your voices to the Lord. Worship Him with joy as you sing about all that God has done – (click here)