Scripture: Isaiah 62:1-5, 10-12
Key verse: (12) They shall be called, “The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord”’; and you shall be called, “Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.”
Reflection: Happy New Year!
Did you know…
- Approximately 25% of people make new year’s resolutions?
- Most of those resolutions are about eating healthy, getting more exercise and losing weight?
- 90% of the people who make resolutions are fairly confident they will keep them?
- In hindsight, only 4% of people report keeping all of their resolutions?
As an alternative, some people choose a word for the year. The word becomes a focus and an intention for them. In some churches, a word is given to each participant as part of a worship service for epiphany (sometimes these are called star words).
In today’s passage, Isaiah proclaims good news to God’s people who have returned from exile. Imagine being uprooted and taken to a foreign land to live. Longing for home and the “way things used to be.” By the time of today’s passage, the people have returned but the reality of home doesn’t match the glory of their memories and the hope of their imaginations. Isaiah offers encouragement and good news. God has not abandoned them. A positive future lies ahead.
Isaiah tells the people that they will be known as “The Holy People” and they will be called “Sought Out.” As a twist on the “word for the year,” I wonder if God might offer you a name for the year 2020. Maybe something like one of these: Favored One. Gifted Disciple. Sent One. Encourager. Friend of God. Beloved. Member of God’s Family. Child of the Covenant. Welcomed Guest.
Let us be God’s people this year. It’s not a resolution and it’s not a word. It’s a journey. It’s a life. We are called, we are claimed, we are invited on the way.
Prayer: O God, I don’t know what the future holds but I trust that you hold the future. As the days go by, keep me mindful of your presence with me. Guide my path, all that I am and all that I do. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[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].