Today was a great day – spent time with friends, accomplished a lot, laughed a lot. But I have arrived at this end of the day utterly exhausted. And I still have some work to do before bed. Tomorrow is going to be equally hectic. I have two services to preach, a choir practice (we’re singing with Elvis next Friday…how ridiculous and cool is that!?!?) and a birthday dinner with my family. It will be a great day – I know that already. But it will also be exhausting. Just thinking about it, I find myself saying (yes, aloud, because I totally talk to myself) “Lord, give me strength.”

The good news is that muttering those words isn’t just a verbal tick. It is actually prayer. A short, not very eloquent, prayer. But a prayer nonetheless. And the really good news is that hundreds of years before he was born, the prophets of the Old Testament wrote to tell us about Jesus. And that brings us to our Scripture for today, the third day of this Advent blog project:

29 He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:29-31 NLT

Jesus is the one who gives strength. When we trust in him, we find new strength. My Dad used that last verse as a call to worship every Sunday during his ministry at Amberlea PC. It is good to put our trust in the one who gives strength.

So if, like me, you find yourself exhausted during this advent season, I encourage you to take a moment. Breathe deep. Pray. Even if it is a super-short-non-eloquent prayer. Remember the Source of strength.

PS…if you haven’t noticed, Isaiah has been getting most of the press in these early days of my advent calendar. I love Isaiah. He is my favourite prophet!)