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Isaiah 43:1-7, Restoration and Protection Promised

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
— Isaiah 43:1

NL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, December 19, 2018

by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff


For a baby, life can be scary. It’s cold, and dry, and bright and loud - so much new information is coming to us all at once. We can be scared just by the very fact of being alive.

Our parents know that we are safe - they know that even though we are cold because our diaper is being changed, that we will be ok.

It’s like that with God.

We can’t understand what all is happening - but God promises that we are loved and we will be cared for.

It’s not always easy to trust, but we can!

Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

But now thus says the Lord,
   he who created you, O Jacob,
   he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
   I have called you by name, you are mine. 
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
   and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
   and the flame shall not consume you. 
For I am the Lord your God,
   the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
   Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. 
Because you are precious in my sight,
   and honoured, and I love you,
I give people in return for you,
   nations in exchange for your life. 
Do not fear, for I am with you;
   I will bring your offspring from the east,
   and from the west I will gather you; 
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up’,
   and to the south, ‘Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
   and my daughters from the end of the earth— 
everyone who is called by my name,
   whom I created for my glory,
   whom I formed and made.’ 

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