Daily Worship

The courage to ask another

August 04, 2020 2
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Isaiah 55: 1-5 (NIV)

1 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
    listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
    my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
    a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
    and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has endowed you with splendor.”

Today’s reading speaks into the hunger and longing that is often displayed amidst disappointment  in families as sibling vie for a position; or as colleagues complete for recognition only to discover they have been outwitted or out manoeuvred by another. The story of Jacob’s cheating and deceiving ends up being repeated in the life of his son Joseph. This reading is for us when we feel we could do with a remedy for the family blues. Can we be reconciled by grace in the midst of the blues?

How often do we see in families — cousins, nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters, little children all trying to impress the other. Family gatherings reveal so many hidden dreams and ambitions. In reality we are all children looking and longing for the blessing of God Almighty and we don’t know it. So we get caught up in fashion, education, business, sports, politics or even religion. Seeking to find that elusive prize. 

PRAYER:

Lord,
If only I had the courage to say,
to my brother, my cousin, my neighbour  
Come with me I know a place 
where sweetness and kindness
flows out like honey into your soul
Free of charge 
It’s called God’s blessings — we could be reconciled by grace

Come with me I know a place
Where everything you’ve ever longed for 
can be found to make you feel whole
Free of charge
It’s called God’s blessings — we could then be reconciled by grace

Come with me I know a place
where you no longer need to pretend 
in order to be loved. 
Free of charge 
It’s called God’s blessings — we could be reconciled by grace

Come with me I know a place 
where the music of love and forgiveness
Can wash over your soul
refreshing your weary bones.
It’s all God’s blessing being reconciled by grace

Lord,
If only I had the courage to say ‘Come with me’
Lord give me the faith to believe in this place.
Lord give me your blessing and all will be well
Lord give me the grace to be reconciled to my family