Scripture: Isaiah 25: 1-9
Key verse: (9b) “This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
Reflection: What role will faith play in your life this coming year? Perhaps 2016 was a challenging year and you want some relief. Good riddance! Or you might be entering 2017 with doubts about the future. The year-end doctor’s appointment revealed a bad diagnosis, your child just went into rehab, or your best friend is on the verge of divorce. The future is unknown to all of us. All we have is today to live in and hopes for tomorrow that may or may not come true. But, instead of being cynical about the twists and turns of life, what would happen if we turned to God for our strength? What if we were willing to wait knowing that God has already saved us?
Last week I was reminded of God’s remarkable presence with us. In a song called The God of Every Story, singer songwriter, Laura Story writes:
You’re the God of every story,
You see each tear that falls.
We may not understand but one thing is certain.
You are faithful, you are a faithful God.
God is with us in the waiting and uncertainty and in the blessings. None of us know what 2017 will bring, but we can rejoice in the gift of God’s grace – a grace that can’t be taken away.
Prayer: Holy God, we give thanks that you are a refuge from the storm, a defense for those in distress, and the one who works wonders. As we wait for you, give us hearts of love and gratitude for our salvation. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].