Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you." Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.
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I once received a note from a friend"who knew I was going through a difficult time. The note was a quote that said, "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" We can make some educated guesses about the conditions the Hebrew people were encountering at the time of Isaiah's writings. But whatever their struggles, the words transcend time and circumstance to speak about our own daily journey. They speak about our own private fears and the voices that would rather see us fail than succeed and the niggling doubt of our own inadequacy. In the cross of Christ we are given, not the power to be right, but we are given tomorrow and the
day after that....and the day after that. We are given the grace to keep trying because God's day will come and we will be in that day, courageous and free.
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Holy God, Grant us the courage to rely on your grace and face our fears with courage everyday. Amen