31 December 23 – Christmas 1B (COCU 06B)

(Isaiah 61:10-62:3)
End and beginning,
looking back, looking forward,
what was, what will be.

The rags of exile
replaced by robes and garments ,
righteousness and praise.

Images of light, (and life)
hope conveyed in a new dawn,
acts righting past wrongs.

Isaiah’s message
to the returning exiles;
words of joy and hope.

His words call to mind
the hope for all humankind
expressed in Jesus.
    Jeff Shrowder, 2023
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