Words of Comfort to Jerusalem
1The Lord says,
“Listen to me, you that want to be saved,
you that come to me for help.
Think of the rock from which you came,
the quarry from which you were cut.
2Think of your ancestor, Abraham,
and of Sarah, from whom you are descended.
When I called Abraham, he was childless,
but I blessed him and gave him children;
I made his descendants numerous.
3“I will show compassion to Jerusalem,
to all who live in her ruins.
Though her land is a desert, I will make it a garden,
like the garden I planted in Eden.
Joy and gladness will be there,
and songs of praise and thanks to me.
4“Listen to me, my people,
listen to what I say:
I give my teaching to the nations;
my laws will bring them light.
5I will come quickly and save them;
the time of my victory is near.
I myself will rule over the nations.
Distant lands wait for me to come;
they wait with hope for me to save them.
Reflection: Our restorative passage today calls to us to remember Abraham and Sarah, to remember all the ways God blessed his people in the past and to know that God will comfort his people again, restoring them and making them glad. How? A teaching will go out from God, his justice as a light, a swift deliverance, my salvation.
Question: How do you see God’s comfort being delivered by his actions?
Prayer: Thank you for the promise of comfort, of joy, gladness and thanksgiving. Thank you that you are accomplishing your salvation and we can hope in you. Amen.
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