Saturday, January 19, 2013
But now says the Lord,
Who created you and formed you:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name,
and you are Mine.
When you pass through deep waters,
I will be with you –
through rivers, and they shall not overflow.
When you walk through spiritual fires,
you shall not be scorched,
nor shall tongues of flames torch you
for I Am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I gave others for your ransom,
put others in your place.
Because you are precious in My sight,
you have been honored,
and I have loved you.
Therefore I give others for you –
a Savior for your life.
Fear not for I Am with you.
I will bring your descendants from the east
and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
Bring My sons from afar,
and My daughters from the ends of the earth.
Bring everyone who is called by My name –
everyone created for My glory,
everyone I formed and, yes, everyone I made.”
Bring the blind who have eyes
to see Me,
and the deaf who have ears to hear.
Let all the nations be gathered together.
Let all the peoples be assembled.
Who among them can declare
what’s already happened
or clearly demonstrate the former things?
Let them bring their witnesses and be justified.
Or let them hear Me and say, ‘It is truth.’
You are My witnesses, says the Lord,
and My servant whom I have chosen
to know Me and believe
and understand that I Am Me.
Before Me no God was formed,
nor shall any be after Me.
I, yes, I Am the LORD,
and without Me there is no savior.
I have declared, and I have saved.
I have clearly told you:
There’s no foreign god among you!
Therefore you are My witnesses,
says the Lord, that I Am God.
Indeed before the first day came,
And no one can take you from Me.
I act for you, and who can undo what I do?"
© 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, prayer-a-phrased poem, Isaiah 43:1-13
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