Isaiah 61-62: Garments of Salvation

ISAIAH 61:10-62:3

61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, 
          my whole being shall exult in my God; 
     for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, 
          he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, 
     as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, 
          and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 
11  For as the earth brings forth its shoots, 
          and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, 
     so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise 
          to spring up before all the nations.

62:1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, 
          and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, 
     until her vindication shines out like the dawn, 
          and her salvation like a burning torch. 
2   The nations shall see your vindication, 
          and all the kings your glory; 
     and you shall be called by a new name 
          that the mouth of the Lord will give. 
3   You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, 
          and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • What righteousness has the Lord God caused in you?
  • Allow this righteousness to permeate your mind and your body.
  • As you focus on this righteousness, let go of anything keeping you from God.
  • Allow the righteousness to be come a garment of salvation.
  • What righteousness has the Lord God caused in the world?
  • How do you help this righteousness shine in the world?
  • What part of the world needs to be touched by the Lord God?
  • How is God calling you to be a servant to this place?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, January 1, 2012, the First Sunday after Christmas Year B 
Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm 148:1-14
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:22-20

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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