Today’s message from Isaiah is one of hope and comfort. It comes at a time in Israelite history when they had been exiled from Israel by the Babylonians. A time when hope was desperately needed. The Israelites are called to do this by making straight the path for the Lord. This is a great message for us today.
We all experience times when things seem hopeless, and God seems far away, especially in these last couple of years. Yet, we know when we look back at difficult times in our lives, we recognize how God was actually right there with us the whole time.
That is still true today, but we must make straight the path for the Lord. I often make it difficult for the Lord to come into my life by focusing on the wrong things. Usually, it is focusing on myself instead of others. When we focus on what we can do to love others we no longer focus on our suffering, and we participate in the love of God. This brings us comfort and joy.
–Mr. Ed Hamer, Religion Teacher