Isaiah 42:1-9 – A light to the nations

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1   Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2   He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
3   a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4   He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

5Thus says God, the LORD,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
6   I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations,
7        to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.candles-and-crystal
8   I am the LORD, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.
9   See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • Christ was born to the earth to bring the light to the world.  How do you share Christ’s light with those you encounter?
  • In this season of new beginnings, how are you called in a new way to share Christ’s light with the world?  Hold your gifts before you as you ask God to reveal to you a new way God needs your light to shine in the world today.  How are you called to be a light to the nations?
  • Look into the light of the candle as you breathe deeply and free yourself for something new.
  • Stay with the light as long as you wish.
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • 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 8, 2017, the Baptism of the Lord (Year A)

Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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