“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.” ~ Isaiah 55:10-13
While preparing for worship this week, my mind has been stuck on Sunday’s passage from the Hebrew Bible from the prophet Isaiah, which is printed above. As I have been reflecting on this passage, the following section, in particular, has been stuck with my spirit: “So is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace.” In this section, God says that the Word will be sent out to accomplish everything that God sends it to do. But what is really wonderful then, is that God talks about sending us out too - in the very next line! God promises to send us out into the world, filled with joy and peace to accomplish the things that we have been created to do. Each and every one of us was created as a beautiful, beloved Child of God, loved more than we can ever imagine, and made in God’s image. Each of us has been given unique talents and abilities to serve God in the world. And each of us has been sent out from this community of faith to sow seeds of God’s love, joy, and peace in the world.
As we prepare to worship together on Sunday, take a few moments to reflect on this passage for yourself. What does God send you out to do in the world? What does it mean for you to be sent out in joy and led forth in peace? And how do you experience God’s love, joy, and peace as you seek to accomplish the things that God sent you to do? I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday and to hearing about your own reflections on this passage.