A Candle in the Window
Isaiah promises that a righteous branch shall grow out of the shoot of Jesse—a branch bringing justice and peace to all creation. In Advent, we prepare to receive this branch in the birth of our Savior, Jesus. Matthew warns, however, that the promised justice will be accompanied by the destruction of the wicked. Indeed, the axe is already poised at the root of the tree! In the name of one who baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire, it is time to live lives worthy of repentance. Therein lies the hope for the future.