Daily Worship

The Rhythm of Repentance

February 27, 2018 0
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Isaiah 1: 1-2

1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

2 Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth;
    for the Lord has spoken:
I reared children and brought them up,
    but they have rebelled against me.

The prophet Isaiah in today’s scripture passage tries to give what he thinks is an insight into the heart of God. While he directs his message to the people of ancient Judah, his insights are still relevant for us today. How true it is when he suggests that human beings seem to be living disconnected from their creator. 

This is a deeply moving passage. The prophet likens God’s pain to that of what it feels like when children reject the love of their parents and a father or a mother end up as an onlooker watching their children broken and homeless. However, there is always hope when the rebel turns around and sees the calamity of their actions and begins a dialogue to face the truth.

 

Father God

I’m sitting down

I’m coming to my senses.

Look at me!

I can’t hide my disgrace,

Don’t turn from me

As I turned from you 

I’m hurting 

You’re hurting

Everyone around me is suffering.

My soul cries out in shame

I’ve broken every rule in the book

And others are paying for it!

Look my shoulders are heaving

There’s a rhythm welling within

Deep within my soul groans

Murmuring, grunting, grunge 

The sound track of repentance

Is not for easy listening

So much sadness and regret

I’m sighing 

Tears flow

How blue

Can one get

How much remorseful can I be

Today Father

I’ll face the music

And live out

The rhythm of repentance.

Reason with me

Humble me

That I might receive 

Your grace.

Lent Disciplines

Day Twelve

Take time this week to listen to someone who is often ignored. It could be a relative, a colleague, a friend, someone living on the street.

Alternative - write a letter or email to someone you haven’t seen for a while