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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:1–7
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you,
     O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
     I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
     and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
     and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
     the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
     Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my sight,
     and honored, and I love you,
I give people in return for you,
     nations in exchange for your life.
Do not fear, for I am with you;
     I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you;
     I will say to the north, “Give them up,”
     and to the south, “Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
     and my daughters from the end of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
     whom I created for my glory,
     whom I formed and made.” (NRSV)

“I have called you by name, you are mine.” These are words with which I imagine God tucking us in at night. Words of protection and strength. Words of comfort that allow us to rest. No matter the rivers to cross and the flames to walk through, we can close our eyes and trust in this existential truth. No variable condition in life can shake it.

All we ultimately need to hear are these words each and every night of our lives.  

Build in me such a firm foundation of trust, O Lord, that every fear will be driven out of my life and I can rest each night knowing that I am yours. Amen.

Written by Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor for Congregational Life

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