Read Isaiah 42.1-9

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
                my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;
                 a bruised reed he will not break,
                and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
                                he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be crushed
                until he has established justice in the earth;
                and the coastlands wait for his teaching.
Thus says God, the LORD,           
                who created the heavens and stretched them out,
                who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
                who gives breath to the people upon it                 
                                and spirit to those who walk in it:
I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness,
                I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
                I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations,
                                 to open the eyes that are blind,
                                to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
                                from the prison those who sit in darkness.
I am the LORD, that is my name;
                my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols.
See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare;
              before they spring forth, I tell you of them.


From Rev. William Pollack, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Princeton

                The words of the Prophet should be music in our ears. We are told of the coming Servant who will make the world a better place by bringing justice, light and a newness of life for the people. We should rejoice at this news as we find ourselves in the midst of a world that often reflects the opposite of God’s plan.  We also long for a new direction, light for the journey and seek the justice for our lives. Just let us not forget that, while we search, we are called to be the same for those who walk in darkness. This Lenten season, may we be the very things we seek to a world that is sought for by our Lord.

O God, may we rejoice in your call to live a servant life in the world.
As you supply us with all we need,
may we offer the same blessings to others whom you send our way.