The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, Isaiah talks about standing up for his faith even when it was difficult. Think of a time in your life when you have stood up for your faith. How did that feel? What motivated you to do that? Did you feel strengthened by your faith in God?
Sanctifier of time and space,
maker of dancing quarks and ancient quasars,
of energy and element,
blessed are you, God of Gods.
Your saving love endures forever;
your holy light pierces the cold darkness of death and chaos;
you cut a covenant of life with your creatures,
which no evil can overcome.
May the glorious radiance of resurrection
dispel the shadows in our lives and conform us more closely to your risen Christ,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be all honor, praise, and glory. Amen.
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