Thought for the Day : Friday 27 November

Thought for the Day by Janet Lindley (All Hallows’)

Readings: Isaiah 41:21-42:9 and Revelation 17

Some days I am so thankful to be part of a church community.  Connected to people of faith who don’t just talk about God’s love but act it out.  Each day in this pandemic, being connected to All Hallows’ helps me be aware of the need facing people in our city.  Not just people or another statistic, but neighbours we don’t know yet who need our help.

Other days though, when I read passages like these, I find myself wondering.  What on earth can this mean?  Is there any encouragement to be found?

It’s one of the challenges as we seek God through the Bible.  Divinely inspired and written by multiple individuals, it is not easy to read. Historical accounts and letters mix with songs of praise or lament.  Then come out-of-this-world writings like these using metaphor or imagery. Somehow it all points to God’s plans for humankind?

Nested in our reading from Isaiah is a picture of “the servant of the Lord”. It points forward to the one who is to come, Jesus, who builds a bridge between God and humanity.  

Isaiah 42: 1-4 puts it:

“ He’ll set everything right among the nations.
He won’t call attention to what he does
    with loud speeches or gaudy parades.
He won’t brush aside the bruised and the hurt
    and he won’t disregard the small and insignificant,
    but he’ll steadily and firmly set things right.
He won’t tire out and quit. He won’t be stopped
    until he’s finished his work—to set things right on earth.”

Isaiah 42: 1-4 The Message

This hints to the pattern of our God.  Though we are bruised, battered, worn out and wondering how to manage the coming day, we are not alone.  The servant of the Lord has gone before us.

We look forward with hopefulness.  Towards a relaxation of the current restrictions that we face here in the UK.  Towards advent and anticipation of the birth of a baby who brings about this liberation.

As you listen to the song “Day By Day” (3mins 13s) bring the coming day to God:

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