Reading: Isaiah 40:1-2; 10-11
Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.
See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.
He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.
At times I am overwhelmed as I think of my many failings.
I have let you down, I have failed others, I have disappointed myself.
I find it hard that you have forgiven me, even when I come to you in prayer.
Remind me of your love for me, I pray,
And of the forgiveness that comes not because of my efforts, but because of your love for me, and for what Jesus accomplished through his sacrifice on the cross.
Lord Jesus Christ,
You are the lamb of God;
you take away the sins of the world.
Through the grace of the Holy Spirit
restore me to friendship with your Father,
cleanse me from every stain of sin
in the blood you shed for me,
and raise me to new life for the glory of your name.