Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Isaiah 42:1

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
   my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
He will bring forth justice to the nations.

Our hope

The Spirit of God’s Holy Presence is gentle and strong, tender to the weak, challenging to the oppressor and a word of hope for we who hunger to see and know God in our lives.
We see the Spirit of the Holy One in the lives of those who know how to love, how to give from their heart.

We know God not in acts of power that protect us from the normal troubles of life, but in the lives of those who lift the hearts of those beaten down by disease, prejudice and forces of history they cannot control. We see the Spirit in those who seek justice for those denied the blessings God intends for every human soul.

They radiate the beauty of God. They give hope where it is failing. They are a light amid the darkness that sometimes engulfs human hearts.

The Spirit is the presence of the Love God is, healing broken hearts and standing with those oppressed.

There is a new atheism taking hold in western nations that rejects God as unreal. But the god they reject is not the God we meet Isaiah, the One who sends his servant to bring freedom to an enslaved people and who tenderly cares for the weak.

They do not see Jesus as that Spirit-filled servant of the One who refuses to pay back evil for evil, but who loves amid the forces of rejection. This God is God, our hope.

Pr. David L. Miller

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