Lectionary readings for today:
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will
bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him…..
– Isaiah 11:1-2a
Growing up in south Georgia in the county boasting the most diversified farming in the state, I watched crops be planted, waited for growth, waited for harvest, and waited to see how they would find their way to our dinner table. My dad as a rural small town lawyer was often paid in crops and their by products.
What fascinated me the most was when on a rotation basis, pruning would happen and the stumps of trees, plants, and bushes would look
funny…stunted in their growth. At least that was the way it seemed to me. But after a period of waiting, new shoots…new growth would appear and the planting would flourish once again….much stronger than before.
This is what I believe the prophets were trying to tell the people of Israel. New life would grow from the roots of a strong family lineage. It would bear fruit and the Lord would be among them. However, there was to be a period of waiting…waiting for the new shoot to form and reach maturity. In this season of Advent and we are waiting. But our season of waiting does not seem so long as we know the rest of the story.
Holy God, be patient with us. Help us to stay in the moments of the season
as we wait for the coming of your Son. Amen.