Advent 1 – The Invitation
Thursday, December 6

Isaiah 55:1-3a
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.

Planning Christmas usually includes planning what everyone is bringing. I always loved to be the first to sign up so I could bring buns or some other store bought item that would be easy. But everyone is usually assigned to bring something. I remember the days when I didn’t have to bring a thing. Grandma would just tell me to bring my appetite and all the food I could image would be there waiting for me. Those were the days!

I guess Grandma and God are a little bit alike. God tells us to bring our appetites. Come all who are thirsty and all who are hungry. When we hunger and thirst for righteousness, God is more than able to fill us. There is more than enough to go around and no one will leave hungry. God’s Words are the good food we need for our souls. God calls all of us to the gospel of grace and the only thing required is a thirst for something more than what the world or money can give. He wants us to have a thirst for HIM—the only one who can quench all our longings and desires. Money can buy food and drink but that only fills our temporary need and in a few hours we will need more. But God fills us with His love for all eternity. Don’t hesitate to come to the table of God’s grace, and come hungry because there is more than enough to fill you.

By Sue Oberg