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[The Lord God says] do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. -Isaiah 41:10

Here is a picture of one of my favorite T-shirts. So often we seem to just grab a text from the Bible and fit it to our purpose. But surely this text is NOT such a text or time. The people of Israel are entering a period the likes of which it had never known. Their lives would never be the same. Yet listen to the prophet. Yes, listen to the prophet.

And then read this beautiful poem by Jan Richardson, via Biola University's Lent Project.

Blessing at the Burning Bush by Jan Richardson © Jan Richardson. janrichardson.com

You will have to decide if you want this— want the blessing that comes to you on an ordinary day when you are minding your own path, bent on the task before you that you have done a hundred times, a thousand. You will have to choose for yourself whether you will attend to the signs, whether you will open your eyes to the searing light, the heat, whether you will open your ears, your heart to the voice that knows your name, that tells you this place where you stand— this ground so familiar and therefore unregarded— is, in fact, holy. You will have to discern whether you have defenses enough to rebuff the call, excuses sufficient to withstand the pull of what blazes before you; whether you will hide your face, will turn away back toward— what, exactly? No path from here could ever be ordinary again, could ever become unstrange to you whose seeing has been scorched beyond all salving. You will know your path not by how it shines before you but by how it burns within you, leaving you whole as you go from here blazing with your inarticulate, your inescapable yes.

Keep your eyes on Him...

Bart Den Boer

SOCS Principal

 

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