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Saturday, January 22, 2022
Today’s Scripture Reading | Isaiah 62:1–5
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
and her salvation like a burning torch.
The nations shall see your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your builder marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you. (NRSV)
In this reading, I see God’s determination to make sure we hear him, that we listen to him saying that God still cares for us deeply. I hear hope, joy, and the view of salvation in his words. God tells me that God will save us, that God loves us, he delights in us. We are not forsaken; God is delighted in us.
So now that the holiday season is behind us and we find ourselves in the darkness of winter, I need to remember to say to myself often “God continues to give me hope.” God continues to provide joy and wants us to remember that salvation is ours: we need to work for it, we need to ask for it, and most of all, we need to want it.
Father, Mother, Son, and Lord of us all, keep me in your arms. Please show me the light in these times of darkness. Hold me tight and remind me that you love me, you care for me, and you fill me with joy. Amen.
Written by Chris Horsman, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church
Reflection and prayer © Fourth Presbyterian Church
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