Prayer: Always with us and for us God, speak and act in our lives so we may be saved. As you delight in us, let us rejoice. Amen
Reading: Isaiah 62: 1-5 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
...and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. Isaiah 62: 5b
Perhaps it was because our wedding anniversary day was spent in a sunny, warm place but there was much rejoicing over each other and the blessings of the past 24 years. However, vacation comes to an end and we'll be back to a cold winter climate and the usual ups and downs of a relationships. Life isn't always a tropical paradise, however, marriage is for always.
The prophet Isaiah reminds us God is with us and for us always, too. God will not keep silent or rest. Times were tough for Jerusalem; times get tough for us, too. Years of trouble for Zion; days of difficulty for us. However, God delights in us. He will speak and act. He will vindicate and save. As the bridegroom rejoices, so God rejoices over us. Always. --Ruth Gates
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