Seek the Lord when he can still be found; call him while he is yet near. Let the wicked abandon their ways and the sinful their schemes. Let them return to the Lord so that he may have mercy on them, to our God, because he is generous with forgiveness. My plans aren’t your plans, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my plans than your plans. Just as the rain and the snow come down from the sky and don’t return there without watering the earth, making it conceive and yield plants and providing seed to the sower and food to the eater, so is my word that comes from my mouth; it does not return to me empty. Instead, it does what I want, and accomplishes what I intend.
Yes, you will go out with celebration, and you will be brought back in peace. Even the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you; all the trees of the field will clap their hands. In place of the thorn the cypress will grow; in place of the nettle the myrtle will grow. This will attest to the Lord’s stature, an enduring reminder that won’t be removed.
God of Heaven and Earth, we watch your peace float to the ground and seek renewal in your sabbath blanket of white. We become mindful of the routines we thoughtlessly embrace as we are contained to intentionally reconsider our time. Your gift of community is revealed in new ways as we shovel an extra driveway or take care to keep our snow pile from filling a neighbor’s path; as we play new games with our closest companions and check in on the far away friends we hold dear to our hearts; and as we wonder and worry about the souls without so many luxuries of living or physical faculties. We marvel, grumble, rally and recline, concretely experiencing that our plans are not your plans. As we collectively watch for the ground to reappear, let our selfishness also melt and uncover our God-breathed potential: your creation changed, forgiven and returned anew. #ACoBAmen
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