Advent Practice of Joy: Reflection on Fire (Isaiah 64)

“…as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil..” 

Isaiah 64:2

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.

Published by shergerber

Pastor, momma & home baker in the Shenandoah Valley

2 thoughts on “Advent Practice of Joy: Reflection on Fire (Isaiah 64)

  1. Thanks Sher. That’s a good word. I usually shy away from anger so this is a good way to face it. I like how you bring questions to ponder with something tangible like a fire.

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