Read Isaiah 62:6-12

Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned throughout the earth. The LORD has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and foreigners shall not drink the wine for which you have labored; but those who garner it shall eat it and praise the LORD, and those who gather it shall drink it in my holy courts.

Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, lift up an ensign over the peoples. The LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, “See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.” They shall be called, “The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD”; and you shall be called, “Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.”

from Rev. Dr. Larry Grimes

Bethany College Office of Church Relations

 

It is hard, very hard, to believe in good news.

 

Far easier to believe ISIS will swarm the Mexican border,

that Ebola will ravage this land,

than to believe that you and I are “Holy People,”

for so God has named us.

 

Far easier to believe those paid to promote paranoia,

than to accept that we are “The Redeemed of the Lord,”

for so God has named us.

 

Far easier to retreat into cocooned lives,

of anxiety and fright, lives tired, insignificant and resigned,

than to know that we are named “Sought Out” by our God.

 

Far easier to go negative, to become cynical,

than to rejoice in God who is with us,

and who has named us “A City not Forsaken.”

 

Enable me to believe your unbelievable, O God,

that I may rejoice! Amen.

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