The maiden is with child
The Lord spoke to Ahaz and said,
‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign for yourself coming either from the depths of Sheol or from the heights above.’
‘No,’ Ahaz answered ‘I will not put the Lord to the test.’
Then Isaiah said:
‘Listen now, House of David:
are you not satisfied with trying the patience of men
without trying the patience of my God, too?
The Lord himself, therefore,
will give you a sign.
It is this: the maiden is with child
and will soon give birth to a son
whom she will call Immanuel,
a name which means “God-is-with-us”.’
Thought for the day
Through doubt, darkness, temptation, despair, and grief; through triumph, joy, success, happiness and love. Through all days and every stage of life: God is with us.
Pray with Missio
We pray for the people of South Africa and the missionaries who walk with them through all life’s challenges and joys. We pray especially for the communities we support; may they always know they are loved, by God and by us.