Gathered and Carried


Second Sunday of Advent

Week of December 6, 2020
Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11

He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
(Isaiah 40:11, NRSV)


The worship artist, when exercising their craft, is the parent sheep. Filled with concern, wanting the best, hoping to translate anew the miracle of the Word made flesh for a weary, grieving congregation. Needing this translation themselves, as well, to keep the fire within burning and the faith nourished so that there is inspiration to share, to give away. Knowing with thankfulness that they are not on their own, that God is deeply invested in being known and loved and engaged in relationship – that God is the shepherd and will carry those who are in a time of need.

O the love of the shepherd for the sheep! O the love of God for each one of us – those who lead, those who fall behind, those who need carrying. As we all cycle through the stages of leading and needing, let us keep alive in our hearts the flame of the love of God, and let us be warmed by the promise that God will pull us close in our time of need.

Lead bravely, knowing that you are not, and never will be, alone.


O Divine Love! How grateful we are for you! Fill us, inspire us, stir us to again to help us make known your indescribable adoration for all people. Amen.

Lindy ThompsonLindy Thompson
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church
Franklin, TN 


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