Thursday, January 04, 2007

January 4, Morning Prayer

Isa 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.


As we look into the new calendar year, this verse speaks particularly to our hearts in western South Dakota. God is indeed doing a 'new thing', not in the sense of a grand new 'revelation' for that canon is closed; but in the sense of recreating His Church for His Glory.
In a physical sense, we are looking for rain, yet in a spiritual sense, the rain (the latter rain) is already falling already, and we are being soaked in His love and peace, even in the midst of troublesome times.
A song we used to sing in another church years ago went like this:

Troublesome times are here,
Filling men's hearts with fear.
Freedoms we all hold dear
Now are at stake.
Humble your hearts to God,
Free from the chastening rod.
Seek the way pilgrims trod,
Christians awake!

How true it is that the times of our discontent are upon us; but God already has a plan in motion, He will not suffer His children to be lost, if we will just wait on Him.

"I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. " Believe this, and praise God.

1 comment:

Tim Fountain said...

Great post - this is the kind of praying the Church SHOULD do, and it comes from our Anglican treasure of sanctifying time by turning to Scripture at regular hours of the day.

And the fact that churches get wrapped up talking about all kinds of stuff when the people need RAIN is significant. We need to lift up the real needs of our neighbors. Thanks for making the point about this important regional need. It is prayed for here at Good Shepherd.