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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

We must dare to go beyond our own self-perceived contentment …

For those who find comfort in their own lovely home, addictions (photo), in their own self-sufficiency and in their own ability to make money, win friends and influence people – for those who are already comfortable, “Comfort, O comfort My people” is irrelevant. Yet, we must dare to go beyond our own self-perceived contentment and realize how it is all perishable, it is all temporal – it will never satisfy. Temporary consolation will come – if that. We are all “homeless.” We are all estranged sheep in need of the Shepherd to comfort us. He will come and give us shelter, peace and safety if we will only yield to ourselves to be found and to rest without resistance in His arms.

“Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God. Speak kindly to Jerusalem; And call out to her, that her warfare has ended, That her iniquity has been removed, That she has received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins." A voice is calling, clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; and let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a broad valley; then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken." A voice says, "Call out." Then he answered, "What shall I call out?" All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; lift it up, do not fear say to the cities of Judah, “here is your God!” Behold, the Lord GOD will come with might, with His arm ruling for Him behold, His reward is with Him and His recompense before Him. Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, in His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes with care. Isaiah 40:1-11

PS. Have mercy on our street-side family and send a generous donation to our StreetReach homeless outreach providing food, prayer aids and clothing this Christmas. Servants of the Father of Mercy, Inc., P.O. Box 42001, Los Angeles, CA 90042.

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