“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge – The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him.”
I would like to share a couple of verses from the Advent Song, “With Joy Draw Water” – With joy draw water from the spring; salvation’s living well. The Holy One is in your midst; glad praises sing and tell! A shoot has sprung from Jesse’s tree; of God the chosen One. A branch of knowledge and of truth; a gift of love has come! The wolf shall lie down with the lamb; the calf and lion play. God’s peace shall dwell within the land; a child shall show the way! With joy draw water from the spring; salvation’s living well. The Holy One is in your midst!”
As I reflect upon the recent baptism of Cruz Kukic, I think about the “hope” that exists in an infant – the potentiality that is in development! As I look at all of our youth, I wonder what they will bring to the lives that they touch. Will their stars shine brighter than we can even image? Will they be noble prize winners for bringing peace, or inventing something that improves life for human kind, discover a new world perhaps, or find a new cure for a deadly disease? How can we nurture all this potentiality, all this hope? How do we help these young people become all that they can become? I think about the birth stories about another little boy, who was born in a manger and wonder what his parents were feeling and thinking about their new son? What will he become? The scriptures say that Mary put these things into her heart and pondered on them.
As we enter into this Season of Advent, let us draw water from the spring that brings peace to the world, that bears fruit of wise counsel and proper power, of knowledge; the living spring well that brings lasting joy, of peace and good will to all humanity. Let us nurture the Messianic possibilities that lay within all of our hearts and become the root that springs forth from the root of Jesse!
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