DEVOTION: Isaiah 35
"The Ransomed Shall Return"
35 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
2 it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
3 Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who have an anxious heart,
"Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you."
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6 then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
7 the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
8 And a highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;
the unclean shall not pass over it.
It shall belong to those who walk on the way;
even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.[a]
9 No lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Wow! There were a lot of things I was concerned about and beginning to worry and fret about this morning and then I read this passage from Isaiah.
How exciting is it that the Lord is going to take us from this veil of tears, from this world of trials and trouble, from this world of tests and failures. How freeing and joy filling is it to know that there is going to be an end to paying bills, going to the doctor, having to say your sorry, and all the pain and regret that goes with living and breathing in this world? There will be an end!
Until then, we wait eagerly, but we also wait peacefully, because He has already put an end to your guilt and shame. No one can take away your joy. The devil can't steal your soul. It is already secure in Christ.
Give to God whatever is getting in the way of your joy. Throw it off. Whatever is causing you anxiety or depression, let it go, it isn't worth it. If you need to go and forgive someone to their face, go do it. If you need to go to someone and ask forgiveness to their face go and do it! Then, whatever the outcome, rest in the knowledge of the certainty of Christ's grace!
Let us pray: Lord, remind us of our eternal inheritance and that no matter what happens here on earth our is safe with you. Amen.
Tues- Quilting 9-noon; Ladies Christmas lunch at Denny's noon
Wed- Women's work day 9:30; Supper 5:30; Worship 6:30; Choir 7:15
Thurs- Karate 5:15-7:30
Fri- Bible Study at Hendershot's 7pm
Sat- Sunday school Christmas program practice 10-11am; Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Chapel 11; Elder's meeting noon
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- Wed- Abby Vossen 8:30- Sarah Cluver 11- Cameron Faerber
Ushers- Wed- Brett Nordwald, Charlie Figura, Jason Figura, Erv Yoder
Sun- Don Hance, Rich Boeger, Doug Walters, Don Tate
Altar- Wed- Terry McKenzie Sat Set up- Cheri' Hofeldt; Clean Up- Joanne Hachtel
Elders- Sat- Jim Rahn; 8:30- Roy Bohning 11- John Hachtel
Greeters- 8:30- Randy and Patty Sweet; 11- Al and Karen Benton
Lay Readers- Sat- Jim Rahn; 8:30- Roy Bohning; 11- John Hachtel
Piano- Kathy Barrow
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone; Sun- Yoder
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Here's a "what do you think" question: