Words of Comfort and Hope

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
    because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
    to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
    and release to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
    and the day of vengeance of our God;
    to comfort all who mourn;

Isaiah 61:1-2

Jesus used this passage from Isaiah as part of his very first sermon he preached in his home town of Nazareth. What a moment it must have been for Jesus which you can read about in Luke 4, from verse 14!

God had given Jesus the mission to be the one that would bring these words of promise into something really happening in Jesus. When you and I live with the power of God’s love in Jesus that God wants to share with us, then the promises of today’s reading will happen for you and me. No one is left out from having the Spirit of God being poured out upon him or her. All that matters is to do what Mary, the mother of Jesus did in her acceptance of being Jesus’ mother: just say Yes!

Isaiah 61

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
O’er me, the mantle of praise v. 3
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Second Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
Monday are dedicated in this season to the prophet Isaiah

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…