Part of the Covenant

God’s covenant with humanity – a promise of love, of faithfulness, a holding – is easy to project as “out there,” some distant document as it were propped up as a hoped for or dreaded contract.  But ‘covenant’ settles far deeper than the legalism we, not God, remain prone to.  The biblical book of Isaiah spoke to that several thousand years ago….

I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.  (Isaiah 42:6-7)

The meaning of these words … subtle and unsettling.  God’s desire for you … to see yourself as part of the covenant, as a living embodiment in some small way of the agreement between the divine and humanity, humble carriers of a life giving heart song.

 

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