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Devotion - November 14, 2019

Isaiah 12


1. In that day you will say: “I will praise you, O Lord.

2. Although you were angry with me,

3. Your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.

2. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.

The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation”

3. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

4. In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the Lord,

call on his name, make known among the nations what he has done,

and proclaim that his name is exalted.

4. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;

5. Let this be known to all the world.

6. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,

For great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”



Reflection by Darlene Wagner


This chapter of Isaiah begins with the sorrow of punishment. Yet all the great prophets show the same plan: nighttime sorrow gives way to morning’s joy. The same Divine Parent who gives reproof also gives comfort. In a lonely, hostile world, such provision brings unspeakable joy. In verse 4, the prophet urges the redeemed people to make known the goodness of their Caregiver to all other peoples. Throughout the prophets as well as the New Testament, Divine Spirit offers love and care to all humanity. Unlike the exclusionary traditions of many churches, scripture shows that there are no boundaries on Divine love.


Invocation:


I welcome you great Lord of Spirit-Sorrow

Midst lessons and instruction scribed in flame!

Chastisement’s pain shall pass, I need not fear the night.

I rest assured—abandonment is not your plan.

Forever shall I praise you, holding your Love’s Light!



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