Help is on the way

Help is on the way

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Isaiah 52:7 says, "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, Your God reigns."

We are no strangers to trials and tribulations. As a people inundated with news that is transmitted at lightning speed and repeated over and over again., we cannot escape the reality that many--both near and far--are experiencing difficulty. You read the paper or watch the news. You hear the stories…I’m sure you see the scars, in one way or another in ministry to the poor, refugees, grief-stricken, ill…

We are certainly no strangers to difficulty and strife.

The same was true of the Judeans to whom the prophet Isaiah wrote. The city of Jerusalem and its Temple had been destroyed and a large population was exiled to Babylon. The country was devastated by war. These people are far away from home, separated from friends and family. They hadn’t been allowed to come home to their native land. I’m sure they felt abandoned and forgotten by God; their spirits broken and hope gone.

Have you ever been there?

That is why this message from Isaiah is so important and powerful. Isaiah is preaching good news to the captives here. He was saying to this gloomy and distressed community:

Hold on. Help is on the way.

These people needed a word…a word of hope, a word of comfort, a word that liberation and freedom was coming in the name of their God.

God has not forgotten you, Your God will reign. That’s good news! Can you imagine the scene when they heard these beautiful words? I imagined them saying… All they did to break us, all they did to destroy us, all the work to crush our spirit, rob us of our identity as Children of God… The Lord our God is restoring us – Hallelujah!!

May we be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit to share the Good News to someone who needs a word of hope, a word of comfort, who needs to know that God still loves them and cares about their pain.

Beautiful are the feet of those who move to lend a hand to those in need. Beautiful are the feet of those who reach out to share the love of Christ with a broken and wounded world who may feel abandoned and forgotten by God.

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