“…as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil..”
When we talk of Christmas, most often we think of love, joy, peace and hope. Yes, there’s a frenetic level of activity, elf on the shelf to move about, consumerism to battle and calories to count, but we tend to push that to the “secular” side of the chart. The religious part of the holiday gets tame and cozy terms.
But this passage in Isaiah reminds us that scripture is not tame or devoid of emotion. Here the prophet is begging God to express wrath– to allow righteous anger to boil over into action.
Find a fire to enjoy– stoke one in your fireplace or turn to the Netflix or a yule log video on YouTube. As you watch the flames flicker, crack and burn, take some time to reflect:
- When have you felt anger recently?
- What was the cause?
- How did you deal with it?
- How might you bring your anger, righteous or otherwise, before God today?
This season, when you see a crackling fire, may you be reminded that all feelings have a place in our lives and before God.