December 22, 2011

Dec. 22: Salvation as a growing seed

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By Annika Miller, a junior elementary education major from Broadway, Va.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 61:10-62:3 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
In a few days, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Isaiah reminds us to loudly praise God in all we do because it’s only through God’s glory that Jesus was sent into the world as our salvation.

The passage continues to relate this salvation to a growing seed. Jesus is the soil that starts the garden. We are the seeds that need to grow. Yet, we are not “just another seed.” We each are so precious to God. As we work to find our gifts, our beauty and our voices for praise, God cradles us and holds us close like precious gems. We are not hidden in the dirt. We are not silent.

The first time I read the passage, I thought about it with a question in mind: What is God saying to me? The first paragraph comes from that, which I think is important to remember. As I continued to think about the passage, however, I also started thinking about it in the sense of God saying it to others.

So, today as you read the Scripture, I encourage you to think of God telling you how much you are loved. I also want to urge you to think further. Think about those people you’d rather not be around, think about those people who annoy you, and think about the people whom society rejects and deems “not normal.” They are also gems in God’s hands; they are just as loved and cherished, wrapped in the same salvation, the same love and the same soil.

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 61:10-62:3 (NRSV)
10 I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

3 You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

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Comments (7)

  1. As we are all “made in the image of God”, all reflect a little of who God is – each person on this earth! Something to reflect on as we meet those on the streets, in jails, in school, at work. What potential!

    Vera Agonafer December 22, 2011 |
  2. Yes sometimes we forget what God thinks of us and what he wants our life’s to be Thanks Annika

    bob c December 22, 2011 |
  3. A valuable perspective that we all need!
    Thank you!

    Dale December 22, 2011 |
  4. Beautiful commentary. Thank you!

    Minnie December 22, 2011 |
  5. Two sides of a whole! Thank you Annika for bringing them together.

    marjorie December 22, 2011 |
  6. Annika, thank you for the important reminder that you gave me in the closing of your devotional.

    Barry December 23, 2011 |
  7. Thank you for this wonderful reflection!

    Leanna Teodosio December 23, 2011 |