Here come the prophets "boiled over with what they had seen: dreadful terrors and unimaginable beauty. They spoke to change our understanding of love to what it needs to be if we're to know that God loves us, no matter what we are going through. He's doing us good right now...He is powerful enough to remove every block to holiness so we can be happy." 66 LL That's why there is rest in sorrow...a friend just sent me an e-mail tonight and it was not "good news" for her family with a brain and lung cancer diagnosis. Her take on it was: "Joy is often wedded to sorrow and peace often accentuated through pain."
Isaiah 1:1 - The vision:
God Himself had children and raised them well and they turned on Him.
I ask you to make these words sink so deep into each of our weathered souls. It's all about journey not solutions. Sentiments. "Lying in a cancer ward or worried about a troubled child or mourning a loved one's death or feeling alone and insecure (all of which I have experienced) tends to take the focus off holiness and put it on solutions. Especially when life is tough, love is assumed to mean someone else's cooperation with our agenda to feel satisfied, full, happy, complete." Oh my word. Woe is me. Would you speak to us from Isaiah's words.
Isaiah 1:13 Quit your worship charades. I can't stand your trivial religious games: meetings, meetings, meetings.
Isaiah 3:26 - A city long ago, a person typing these words both brought to their knees by their sorrows.