Isaiah 58:7-10: A Prayer for Dissenters
Isaiah’s words might be spoken to one who teaches the very young.
Share your food . . .
Isaiah’s words might be heard in a meeting of those who sponsor refugees.
Open your home . . .
Isaiah’s words might be spoken in a classroom where tomorrow’s adults are formed.
Give clothes to those who have nothing to wear . . .
Do not refuse to help your own relatives . . .
Isaiah’s words might be brought to life by anyone who hopes to incarnate The Word, to follow The Word, to live, breathe and be The Word among us.
Put an end to oppression, to every gesture of contempt . . .
Isaiah’s words might be spoken on a picket line.
Put an end to every evil word . . .
Isaiah’s words are a rubric to measure our actions, a template to codify life, a handbook for those who yearn to walk in the land of the living.
If you satisfy those who are in need, then the darkness around you will turn to the brightness of noon.
And so we pray with Isaiah.
Good, and holy and generous God, guide us as we struggle with our fears of darkness and evil. Direct us as we look for the best way to become your Word. Remain with us as we gather in dissent against the tactics of bullies who hope to divide us. Walk with us as we navigate the thin line between resistance and violence. Abide with us in our struggle for clarity, compassion and peace. For we wish to do your will. We wish to be light to the world. We wish to bring hope to the marginalized. We wish to be the eyes and ears, the voice and heart, the hands and feet of Christ for you. We ask this in Jesus’ name, together with the Holy Spirit. Amen.
When we compare varying versions of these words, we find patience, clarity, and the beginnings of peace for a troubled heart.
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