The voices of Christ­mas Voices! It all started Thanks­giv­ing Day. For some on­line lis­ten­ers, it started the pre­ced­ing week. Voices from the past ring­ing out those fa­vorite Christ­mas melodies. You know… Elvis’ “Blue Christ­mas,” Bing’s “White Christ­mas” and

The Covington News - - RELIGION - JAN MCCOY COLUM­NIST Rev. Jan McCoy is the as­so­ciate pas­tor of Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church in down­town Cov­ing­ton. She may be reached at

“Com­fort, com­fort my peo­ple! says your God. Speak com­pas­sion­ately to Jerusalem, and pro­claim to her that her com­pul­sory ser­vice has ended, that her penalty has been paid, that she has re­ceived from the Lord’s hand dou­ble for all her sins! A voice is cry­ing out: “Clear the Lord’s way in the desert! Make a level high­way in the wilder­ness for our God!”

Isa­iah 40:1-3 (Com­mon English Bi­ble)

the words that Je­sus read from the Isa­iah scroll in the tem­ple: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, be­cause the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the op­pressed, to bind up the bro­ken­hearted, to pro­claim lib­erty to the cap­tives, and re­lease to the pris­on­ers…” Th­ese words brought God’s mes­sage to Jerusalem was that God had not for­got­ten them. They had been tor­tured, en­slaved, ex­iled, beaten down, made ser­vants, at­tacked, and per­se­cuted, but God had not for­got­ten them or the prom­ise made to their an­ces­tor Abra­ham. And how does God pro­vide com­fort? How does God pro­vide de­liv­er­ance to the op­pressed? By send­ing the mes­sage to pre­pare the high­way for the king – for God would be coming to res­cue God’s peo­ple. “Make straight a high­way for our God!” Is­rael was des­o­late, a wilder­ness, a desert, but the good news from this voice was that God would save them! God would not send an­other king or hu­man ruler to do the job. God would come. That was Good News to Is­rael.

Em­manuel — God with us — in the midst of suf­fer­ing and the messy stuff of life. God has not aban­doned us. Are you in a desert to­day? Are you feel­ing lost, for­got­ten, down­trod­den, beaten up by life and the world? Hear the Good News to­day: God sees, God knows, God has not for­got­ten. Hear God’s cry for you to­day, “Com­fort my peo­ple!” “Good News” Isa­iah pro­claims! Can you imag­ine God’s thun­der­ous voice call­ing out on your be­half to­day?

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