Posts Tagged ‘Isaiah’

Sometimes God is so clear….

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

We live in a world where we scan more than read.  So here is one to read.  Written in a book from the Bible, Isaiah, chapter 58, written several thousand years ago, it speaks to a new form of worship….

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousnessa] will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Emanuel Swedenborg, writing in the 1700′s follows the cue.  “A religion is valued more for its goodwill and faith, not for the rituals that accompany them.”  True Christianity, 660.

Beautiful words.  Plain.  And oh so clear.

Pockets of Meaning

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

We were not created to be busy.  We were not created to live in fear.  God created us for purpose, for use, for service, for love finding its way into action.  He created us for happiness.

And we know that place don’t we, those pockets of meaning, that place in our lives where purpose happily breathes, where actions grow not from an inertia-tainted pushing but from a heartfelt pull, a longing as it where.  Such a place feels like home.

That place in many ways places our lives as running against cultural trends of speed, self interest, and consumerism.  The math … far different.  Calculations, qualifications, credentials of a new sort.   A gentleness, a more wide-eyed wonder settles in.  Conviction and voice focus and grow.

These words in the Bible from Isaiah speak to that place….

 

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,

my chosen one in whom I delight;

I will put my Spirit on him,

and he will bring justice to the nations.

He will not shout or cry out,

or raise his voice in the streets.

A bruised reed he will not break,

and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.

In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;

he will not falter or be discouraged

till he establishes justice on earth.

In his teaching the islands will put their hope.” (Isaiah 42)

 

Beautiful!  A place where we sing.

 

Someone Free for God’s Way in the World

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Astonishing still to read the words of Isaiah, words thousands of years old, that speak a vision of all nations.  Not tribal.  Not geographic.  All.

“You [God] have been a refuge for the poor … a shelter from the storm….. On this mountain the Lord will prepare a feast of rich food for ALL peoples.”  (Isaiah 25:4-6)

And the world we live in remains far from “all.”  It remains divided, tribal.  Often even those who claim tolerance do so in a way that sounds frankly intolerant!

Given the above, the hope however remains.  God’s hope offers a loving vision of humanity’s flourishing, a place where we become “someone free for God’s way in the world.”  That is the resting for all nations.