The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 42:3a
A bruised reed He will not break,
and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out.
(Though we may be bruised and wounded
with rejection and failure and abandonment,
fragile and fatigued from the battles in our life,
the Lord does not toss us aside or discard us.
He tenderly reaches into the very brokenness
of our experiences and our personalities
to restore and strengthen and redeem and make whole.

When the oil of our own inner resources are used up
and the light within us is dim and expiring,
Christ does not throw out an ember that barely has any glow of heat left in it.
Rather, He tenderly breathes His life into us to rekindle
His redemptive and healing warming fire in us.
Through the power of His Holy Spirit, just as Christ ministers to us
who are broken and wounded and bruised,
we will minister to those who are weak and wounded and bruised.
He has mercy on our weakness and woundedness and will tenderly restore us.
In the same way, when we extend His mercy to other bruised reeds,
we minister His life-giving fire into those whose light has nearly been extinguished
as the Holy Spirit tenderly guides them to the Lord’s restorative healing.)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ’s love,


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