Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 8, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from the soon-to-be-published
new book of daily devotions, written by the Rev. Dr.
Sandra Bochonok, called "Living as the Beloved: One
Day at a Time."
Please get out your Bible and read the verses from the
Prophet Isaiah and Dr. Bochonok's meditation. We hope you
will be blessed.
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Please read Isaiah 25:1, 4
Power of praise
Spiritual empowerment can be experienced through
moments of praise, as we weep with God and cry out
for justice and assistance. Many ancient Biblical
writers knew this. Isaiah gives us a word of hope
when life is very difficult. He gives us words of
praise and comfort and reminds us that God is God.
God is worthy of praise. God is doing wonderful
things. God has a plan for us. God is our refuge
in moments of need. God cares. God is with us.
Isaiah gives us some of the most beloved words of
spiritual strength and comfort in the Hebrew
Testament. Yet, his own people turned against
him and the message God gave him to share. Church
historians believe he may have been sawn in two as
a result of his prophetic words.
Sometimes following God is costly. Those who work
for spiritual and social justice need Isaiah's
strengthening insights as they too live their
convictions. Perhaps this is why Theodore Roosevelt
said, "Pray not for lighter burdens but for stronger
God, I will praise your name in the hard times of
my life. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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