Rev. Brian Johnson
Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8
Sometimes the world seems unchangeable – we think that “it is what it is,” that nothing could possibly change. Sometimes hope feels far off and distant. But God promises to do the unimaginable – to make hope bloom in a desert of despair, to lay flat the mountains of hatred and fill in the valleys of “the way things have to be.” The birth of Jesus means that God is doing something new – and we are invited to taste and experience God’s new thing in the present, even as we await its full expression in the future.