Today is our final day in the first book of Isaiah. Tomorrow I'll post another overview video in this section from the Bible Project to give a good glimpse of what it is we will be looking at coming up. Isaiah 1 - 39 is a difficult, but a productive difficult section of the Bible. It's the brutal honesty we all need sometimes. It's those tough, but loving conversations we have with family, friends, and sometimes ourselves that helps make us all better. What were your thoughts on Isaiah book 1? What did you struggle with? What did you relate to?
Scripture to Read
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Question to Consider
What does this teach me about God?
What does this teach me about humanity?
Is it any different reading this story from 2 Kings from Isaiah's perspective?
- My Thoughts -
What I was most moved by was the end when Hezekiah's life was coming to an end and he turned to the wall to say to God "Remember me for I have been faithful to you" and then he weeps. 2020 has been difficult for our congregation, not just because of the pandemic but because we have lost some truly wonderful saints this last year. Some of them I never had the chance to meet but I've heard stories from Jackie, Joyce, and others. Things such as Wayne Hosmer and how we and his wife were the best of friends, always joined at the shoulder as they sat together in church. Stories about Tom Mattern and how he was Mr. Chagrin and a beloved fan and advocate for the school districts. Gosh, the thousands of children he must have inspired over his career is enough to give chills. I think of Trudy and the kind letters she would send me and the ways she supported the King's Singers youth choir and the light hearted banter I would have with Stan in the courtyard for fellowship hour. These, and others, were surely like Hezekiah and were always faithful and were surely remember and embraced by God as they entered heaven. Thank you for the life you shared with us, and while you may not have another 15 years like Hezekiah did, surely your influence will last here far longer than that.
O God, Our Help in Ages Past UMH 117
O God our help in ages past
our hope for years to come
our shelter from the stormy blast
and our enternal home
Under the shadow of thy throne
still may we dwell secure sufficient is thine
arm alone and our defense is sure
Before the hills in order stood
or earth received her frame
from everlasting thou art God
to endless years the same
A thousand ages in thy sight
are like an evening gone
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun