Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-2
Reflection: We have probably all heard, if something is being repeated more than once you better listen. It is pretty serious business, rather our parents had to say “don’t make me have to tell you again” or a teacher says if you hear me say it more than once it will definitely be on the test or you will see it again. Even when it comes to the chorus of a song, I feel like it is repeated over and over for assurance of the meaning of the song. Growing up in the country and attending a small black Baptist church we would often sing a song “I’m So Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always”. That was the first two lines of the song and yes it was repeated twice before the verses of the song. I didn’t really understand what it meant then as a child, but I sure do understand and appreciate what it means now as an adult. When the prophet Isaiah repeats “Comfort yes, comfort my people!” Says your God. That is enough to praise God for! In verse 2 God is saying whatever we are going through, rather the pandemic or whatever we have been through, He is still there for us. Our wrong doings and sins have been forgiven. There is still hope and peace in the midst of our darkness and He still loves us and comforts us as we continue through this new normal. Psalm 30: 5 says “Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the morning”. I think we can all take a minute to say, I’m so glad, trouble don’t last always!
Prayer: Father God, first we come to say thank you! Thank you for loving us even in our wrongdoings. Thank you for trusting us to move forward even in this season of a new normal. We pray joy, love and peace to all mankind. Most of all God we are so grateful that trouble don’t last always. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Author: Yolanda Bragg, Administrative Assistant Congregational Care
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[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].