Hitting Bottom

Mondays: The Prophets
Isaiah 19—20

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The great stock market crash of 1929 provoked a variety of responses from people. Some jumped out of windows when financial disaster hit home; others found the Lord in a totally new way.

So it will be for Egypt. Isaiah foretells the total collapse of its economy. The Nile River will no longer bring life. There will literally be no more “stock”in its waters. Isaiah describes the devastation to come in detail. Suddenly in 19:18, there is a shift. Often when Isaiah uses the phrase “in that day,”he is prophesying Messianic times. Egyptians will begin to speak Hebrew, the sacred language of Canaan. They will come to know the Lord and God’s Word. Greater than the waters of the Nile will be the waters of the Torah that shall bring them life.

Do you bounce when you “hit bottom”? Living waters are ready to bubble up within you from the Spirit.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
“The age of nations is past.” T. de Chardin
My heart an altar for You 19:19
Delivered only by You 20:6
Trusting in the Lord alone 20:6

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This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets; in this season, we continue reading Isaiah.

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“Eyes” – An Alphabyte

Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Eyes” introduces the Fifth Week in Pentecost.

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

Signs that say “DO NOT TOUCH” adorn the shops of delicate figures.
So let it be for the thoughts and things of the soul.
Look at, but do not touch—or much less handle or wrestle—
    those thoughts from darkness and death that thrash about from within
    seeking to have you grasp at them till they topple you and hold you
    to the ground, refusing to let go.
Give them—without touching them—to the Lord of all thoughts.

What about those thoughts that lead toward light and life?
Receive them, treasure them, hold them gently in open hands.
Watch the Spirit weave them into creations of delight before your very eyes.
Then, you will not have to touch them, for they will be one with your hands
    that touch others till they quiver with life.