Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit. Isaiah 42
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. We walk from exile into freedom.
The reading from Isaiah is called “First song of the servant of Yahweh.” It’s often used to show that Jesus was a promised messiah centuries before his birth. What would happen if we read that passage and considered it ours?
“Thus says, God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spreads out the earth with its crops, who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk on it: I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand…”
What if we were to consider this song to Yahweh our song?
Has God-Spirit “grasped you by the hand…”? What would it be like to actually feel grasped by God’s hand? Would you believe that you can “get through it” whatever it is on any given day, or would you rebel at the task you’ve been given?
“I have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand…”
I don’t believe this means we will never stumble, never struggle. I do believe this means that every time we remember we are the daughters and sons of the Most Holy, we are called back to the task at hand and see the task in a new light. That’s resurrection.
Each time we can turn from our darkness, from sadness, anger, frustration, irritability, we are resurrected.
Observe your week, observe the wider world, the weather, the news, co-workers, family with a held-in-Spirit’s-hand vision.
Create your own prayer this week for those times when you feel stress or when you stumble. You could use what Jesus said: not my will but thine. You could pray, Lord hold my hand; or Holy One, let me feel your hand. Or you could pray, simply and clearly…..
Have mercy on me.