So Polycarp is celebrated by the church today. Not yesterday. Did any of you catch that? Was one of those days. Where I was reading my computer screen with my eyes crossed. This resulted in seeing Polycarp underneath the daily office readings for Monday. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa! But in the spirit of having patience, I will forgive myself for that error, and you for missing it!
In the meantime, today I have been feed by the assurance offered in Jeremiah 30:3
For the days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the Lord, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their ancestors and they shall take possession of it.
The days of winter…. January and February can be long. I realize that we have had a milder than normal winter, but these dark grey days of the years are nonetheless hard for some to endure. But the seasonal blues are just one challenge we face on our journey. Some days we are feeling beaten up, broken down, or cast aside. Some days our spirit is like a bruised reed. In those moments of torment I try to remind myself of the promise the Prophet Jeremiah gave to the people that the days are surely coming when things will be restored. I read again the words of the prophet Isaiah
But here is my servant, the one I uphold;
my chosen, who brings me delight.
I’ve put my spirit upon him;
he will bring justice to the nations.
He won’t cry out or shout aloud
or make his voice heard in public.
He won’t break a bruised reed;
he won’t extinguish a faint wick,
but he will surely bring justice.
He won’t be extinguished or broken
until he has established justice in the land.
The coastlands await his teaching…
I, the Lord, have called you for a good reason.
I will grasp your hand and guard you,
and give you as a covenant to the people,
as a light to the nations,
to open blind eyes, to lead the prisoners from prison,
and those who sit in darkness from the dungeon…
~ Isaiah 42
If you find yourself in need of reassurance – turn to God. Be feed by scripture. and reach out to those around you. God will not extinguish a faint wick…. God has us by the hand and will guard us.
As always — your comments are welcomed
Music helps me remember ….