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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Isaiah 35

Joy and Imagination

Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not!  Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he will save you. 

Perhaps we do not use our imagination enough when we pray and plan with God.  Perhaps our dreams of vindication and recompense and kingdom building are not bright enough.

From the writings of Katherine Drexel (MAGINIFCAT Meditation for March 3, 2010):  I looked up in wonder at God’s wonderful ways and thought how little we imagine what may be the result of listening and acting on desire he puts in the heart.  If he puts it into the heart, he will bless it, if we try to act upon it, and great will be the effect before God.  It will be success before God even if it be not so to our weak understanding.  For God means that which he breathes into the soul should bring forth fruit to eternal life. 

Perhaps we do not give free rein to our hope when we petition God for the desires of our broken hearts.  Perhaps we see our situation as a kind of purgatory rather than as a vineyard where we are workers in the kingdom.

Then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the dumb will sing.  Streams burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe.

Perhaps we do not share our faith enough with others, encouraging fellow pilgrims to remain steadfast and to persevere.  Perhaps we see joy as something that other people experience but do not picture it in ourselves.

Katherine Drexel: These are the desire God has placed in your hearts and great will be the effort if you continue as you do, to nourish these desires and act upon them.  He will fulfill your desires with good things far beyond your expectations. 

Perhaps we do not act in love as we might, thinking that others do not need our concern or prayers.  Perhaps we do not realize how great a price God has paid and continues to pay for us each day.

Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy; they will meet with joy and gladness, sorrow and mourning will flee.

Perhaps we do not fully comprehend that we are remnant.

Perhaps we might begin today to sing in praise and joy.


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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Jeremiah_33_3[1]Jeremiah 33

Promise

We visit the book of Jeremiah often in our Noontime reflections; it is a rich and complex prophecy. Jeremiah is so frank, honest, and open about his suffering. Chapter 33 is particularly lovely and holds much promise about healing after punishment.

This prophecy might prove difficult for those among us who are addicted to turmoil and conflict or to the control of others and our surroundings. Jeremiah speaks of reliance on God who loves dearly and intensely, tenderly and passionately. Through Jeremiah, God announces a desire for our own personal freedom so that we might freely choose to be in relationship with God. Whether we suffer or celebrate, God wants to dance in intimacy with us.

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. This quiet instruction from God speaks of the closeness and confidence of our relationship. We have only to ask. God will answer. Like the faithful spouse.

Verse 9: Then Jerusalem shall be my joy, my praise, my glory, before all the nations of the earth, as they hear of all the good I will do among them.  They shall be in fear and trembling over all the peaceful benefits I will give her. The prophecy of Jeremiah is not only a faithful prediction of what will happen to King Zedekiah, to the city of Jerusalem and the kingdom of Israel, it is a foretelling of the Christ story and it is the story of our own ransom and redemption.

God wants only freedom for us so that we might have the option to choose to love and follow. Christ arrives to bring us this freedom from slavery and darkness. The Holy Spirit abides with us constantly, whispering this promise to us repeatedly.

When we seek freedom from all that haunts us, we only need turn to a forgiving and loving God. This is where real and lasting love lies. This is where eternal sustenance and strength lie. And this is where the undying and sure promise of God’s presence and movement in our lives will always lie. This is the freedom God willingly gives. God’s promise to us is this great. God’s love for us is this persistent and ever-lasting.


Adapted from reflections written on January 1, 2007 and April 28, 2010.

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