GPS: December 28, 2015

By December 28, 2015Devotional

Today’s Scripture:

Isaiah 35:1-10

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Food For Thought:

The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is “Be strong, do not fear!” It reminds me of a popular song by Rachel Platten entitled “Fight Song.” If you have listened to the radio at all in the last several months, you will know what song I’m talking about. The lyrics are:

 

Like a small boat

On the ocean

Sending big waves

Into motion

Like how a single word

Can make a heart open

I might only have one match

But I can make an explosion

 

And all those things I didn’t say

Wrecking balls inside my brain

I will scream them loud tonight

Can you hear my voice this time?

 

This is my fight song

Take back my life song

Prove I’m alright song

My power’s turned on

Starting right now I’ll be strong

I’ll play my fight song

And I don’t really care if nobody else believes

‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

 

Losing friends and I’m chasing sleep

Everybody’s worried about me

In too deep

Say I’m in too deep (in too deep)

And it’s been two years

I miss my home

But there’s a fire burning in my bones

Still believe

Yeah, I still believe

 

And all those things I didn’t say

Wrecking balls inside my brain

I will scream them loud tonight

Can you hear my voice this time?

 

This is my fight song

Take back my life song

Prove I’m alright song

My power’s turned on

Starting right now I’ll be strong

I’ll play my fight song

And I don’t really care if nobody else believes

‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

 

A lot of fight left in me

 

Like a small boat

On the ocean

Sending big waves

Into motion

Like how a single word

Can make a heart open

I might only have one match

But I can make an explosion

 

This is my fight song (Hey!)

Take back my life song (Hey!)

Prove I’m alright song (Hey!)

My power’s turned on

Starting right now I’ll be strong (I’ll be strong)

I’ll play my fight song

And I don’t really care if nobody else believes

‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

 

No I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

 

This song became one of my favorites because I do a spin class at the Y and it’s on the playlist. There is nothing like pedaling the bike and being told to be strong. When I think about my faith, I also want to be strong and courageous. What is one thing that you could do today for God or for others that would be strong and courageous?

Prayer:

God of hope,

you call us home from the exile of selfish oppression

to the freedom of justice,

the balm of healing,

and the joy of sharing.

Make us strong to join you in your holy work,

as friends of strangers and victims,

companions of those whom others shun,

and as the happiness of those whose hearts are broken.

We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

If you have comments, questions, or feedback regarding this post or FUMCFW GPS, please email them to GPS@myfumc.org

 

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