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“Encourage” - September 30, 2020

            “Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.”   Isaiah 35:3  NASB

 During these last 6 months, I admit to having days of feeling like one of “the exhausted” or one of “the feeble.”  I admit to needing the encouragement and the strengthening that is mentioned in Isaiah 35:3. I’m guessing you have had a few of those days as well. 

Numerous articles have been written which give advice on how to endure and cope with the pandemic, especially emotionally and mentally.  The advice usually involves naming and allowing yourself to feel your exhaustion or anxiety or weakness.  It also involves searching out those things or people who encourage and strengthen you.

Isaiah 35 points us ahead to Jesus and presents a vision of the glory and splendour of God when he arrives in the wilderness, a future time which will not only provide refreshing strength and encouragement but also usher in a season of ultimate and lasting joy. Embedded in that vision, is the call of verse 3 to encourage the exhausted and strengthen the feeble.

As we continue our journey together, let’s not only search out means of encouragement and strength for ourselves but let’s be the sources of those grace-filled states. “Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.”  In following this call, we may very well be replenished ourselves. 

PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: Dear God, we thank you for Jesus Christ who not only is our greatest source of encouragement and strength but calls us to pass those graces on to others. In his name. AMEN. 

Through this link the song Christ Our Sure and Steady Anchor is offered by Matt Boswell and Boyce College Choir  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58LVnt_PIs8