Life is hard and so is faith. Most of the time, most of us struggle just to make it. Anxiety looms large, and we grow tired. The demands of living give rise to an infectious weariness that’s difficult to shake.
Relief comes when we remember all that’s good about the...
God of Israel, we confess our deep need for you. Shine light in our darkness. Give hope that outweighs our anxieties. Bring us to places of peace and rest in you. Amen.
These readings contain the common theme of the power of spoken testimony. Isaiah begins by telling his audience, “Listen to me!” He then recounts not only his own story but also the promises of restoration given to him by God. The psalmist testifies about his experience. Although he has been in a difficult place, God has called him out and has given him a new song of praise to proclaim. Paul and Sosthenes write to the Corinthians to remind them of the powerful testimony that they had given them in person, which was confirmed by God. John the Baptist cries out that Jesus is the Lamb of God and bears testimony to the miraculous signs at the baptism. Our testimony as believers today can be just as powerful.
Read Isaiah 49:1-7. What does it mean to be God’s servant? How does this Servant Song speak of your experiences of serving God?
Read Psalm 40:1-11. When has scripture sustained you? What words have become a real presence to you?
Read 1 Corinthians 1:1-9. When have you turned your gifts inward as a sign of spiritual or social status? How can gratitude help you use your gifts in service to God and others?
Read John 1:29-42. How have you experienced Jesus’ saying to you, “Come and see”?
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