Our readings today are a reminder to take the small (baby like last week?) steps toward the changes God is calling us to. Isaiah 42:1--9 is a description used for Jesus' ministry (the Gospel reading in Matthew 12:15-21) but also an encouragement for each of us. Yes, there is a lot going on around us AND things we need to do - baby steps! God is reminding us, however, to remember He is with us "I will take hold of your hand" (42:6). God also reminds us "a bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not snuff out." (42:3). The Gospel reading shows us this with Jesus, and the ministry Jesus did, but also reminds us we are in ministry too -- reaching out to share God's love.
What do we do you ask? Baby steps! It could be simple things. This Advent season I have seen some interesting ways of doing this - one has been sharing pictures of Nativity scenes daily. One has been showing kindness in various ways each day -- some as simple as smiling! Another idea I have seen is to share a Christmas tradition with friends and family. Our Christmas program today asks families to share about long trips (like from Nazareth to Bethlehem), how we got our names and what they mean (like Jesus got his name) and what we do when we get exciting news (like the angels sharing with the shepherds).
Different ideas of "what" to do - to share God's love during this season, to start on the changes God is asking us to make, and especially to share God's love with a hurting world all year long! So...... "what" are you thinking God is calling you to? "What" can you do this week? "What" can you do to start making the change God is calling you to? Something to think about as we continue with busy schedules!