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Thursday, 29 April 2010

Isaiah 58

Here is the way I want you to fast:

Set free those who are held by chains without any reason.
Untie the ropes that hold people as slaves.
Set free those who are crushed.
Break every evil chain.
Share your food with hungry people.
Provide homeless people with a place to stay.
Give naked people clothes to wear.
Provide for the needs of your own family.

Then the light of my blessing will shine on you like the rising sun.
I will heal you quickly.
I will march out ahead of you.
And my glory will follow behind you and guard you.
That is because I always do what is right.

You will call out to me for help.
And I will answer you.
You will cry out.
And I will say, 'Here I am.'

Get rid of the chains you use to hold others down.
Stop pointing your finger at others as if they had done something wrong.
Stop saying harmful things about them.
Work hard to feed hungry people.
Satisfy the needs of those who are crushed.

Then my blessing will light up your darkness.
And the night of your suffering will become as bright as the noonday sun.

I will always guide you.
I will satisfy your needs in a land that is baked by the sun.
I will make you stronger.
You will be like a garden that has plenty of water.
You will be like a spring whose water never runs dry.
Your people will rebuild the cities that were destroyed long ago.
And you will build again on the old foundations.
You will be called The One Who Repairs Broken Walls.
You will be called The One Who Makes City Streets Like New Again.

2 comments:

elsie hiebert said...

Encouraging passage. Thanks. Hope things are clearer for you guys soon.

Gwen said...

Yup, it's underlined in my Bible too. :)

I don't know how things are going on your end, but you're still in my prayers. May God's voice be clear as He says, "This is the way, walk in it!"

(You don't need to publish this comment.) :)