The old school way was to grab your analytical concordance, but if you’re a new school kind of person you may not know exactly what I’m talking about. A concordance contains an alphabetical index of words used in the Bible and the main Bible references where the word is located. Yes it is in a book (hardcover) and yes you have to pull it off the shelf and actually look up the word, do a manual search and then open your Bible and find the verse. And yes, sometimes it’s tedious.  Thankfully, we have evolved and a quick google search makes it so much easier.  After listening to the music of Celtic Worship, the words they shall build the old ruins” got stuck in my head. The words come from the 61st chapter of Isaiah, which is the scripture reading for today.
I’ve been thinking about how much I’ve been impacted by the virus and the sense of detachment that I’ve experienced over the past 9 months.  Without neglecting the effects (which will linger longer than I might want) and even in a not-yet-knowing life that these days has force upon me and us, I still find myself facing more forward and holding close the significant of Isaiah’s vision of building back.  God is ever present, moving in and among us with expectation, promise and power.  On the days that may seem disorientating or ambiguous or just ordinarily and uneventful, kind of like today or perhaps tomorrow, hear Isaiah’s words and live into the vision.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:4-5
“They shall build the old ruins; they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks…”

Reflection Questions:
What have you missed most during the pandemic?
How are you building up your resilience?
What will help you hear Isaiah’s words?

Prayer: Holy God, keep me facing forward that I can be useful in building back up the things that have been damaged during this time of disease and dis-ease.  Let me be one who stands with the stranger and who feeds the hungry. Amen.

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