For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, . . . “ (Isaiah 62:1a)

The Lord God has been making promises about the called and chosen people (both ancient & contemporary) for many generations. As I learned over this past Advent and Christmas, what started with the birth of Jesus was but a long range plan that had its seed in creation. There have lulls in the plan; plateaus, if you will, when events needed to move and turn until the next stage/step was ready to unfold. The prophets spoke in some of those lulls – Isaiah is one example.

I placed the focus on the first half of verse one so that you, beloved reader, might understand that a lull in the Divine’s plan does not mean we have been abandoned. Israel and Judah thought they had been abandoned, and many of the writings we find after the downfall of Israel and Judah are about those times. The people (yes, the ancient called and chosen people) thought their God had left them. The Divine did not. It was not just on behalf of Israel and Judah that the Divine labored, but for all of humanity. When Jesus, and the apostles subsequently, reached out to the Gentile world, it was the Divine that placed that mission and dream within them. Who knows but that we the current called and chosen people are to reach out across the globe and minister to those who are in need. If the Divine does not seem to move or act, maybe the time and turn is ours to act in the Lord God’s name. Wouldn’t that be something, if we are holding up progress because we have allowed our actions and attitudes to reflect aggression, disinterest, hatred, and violence towards other members of humanity.

I no longer participate in making New Year’s resolution. They tend to fade into the background. But I do resolve this – I will try my utmost in deeds & actions, and words & sentiment to support, minister to, and have compassion for all the members of humanity that I encounter. Or as Isaiah framed it, “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest . . . . “

. . . . until her [their] vindication shines out like the dawn, and her [their] salvation like a burning torch. 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. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married.” (Verses 1b – 4)

Is our world – is your world – ready to minister to those in need? We are the hands & feet of the Lord – the work is ours. But the Divine is our heart, spirit, soul; and it is from there we should take our direction. And the Lord will be faithful to us, and to those we minister to. How faithful?

“For as a young man marries a young woman [or: ‘as those in love commit to one another’ ], so shall your builder marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride [or: ‘as committed partner rejoices over committed partner’ ], so shall your God rejoice over you.” (Verse 5)