Heavy dew blankets the grass, glistens in the sun. Water pools on deck-boards waiting for sun's warmth to burn off wet. It's the end of summer, Labour Day Week-end and morning dawns, cool. Green grapes are blueing, ripening on the vine. A gentle reminder that the lazy days of summer are gone. Autumn beckons.
Children's laughter echoes across the water and they frolick, enjoying this last week-end before school doors open once again. New beginnings pregnant with potential and possibility dawn on this September morn.
God calls. He speaks.
"For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea and its waves roar (the Lord of hosts is His name). And I have put My words in your mouth, and have covered you with the shadow of My hand, to establish the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, 'You are My people!'" Isaiah 51:15-16 NASV
We are His. He lives in us. We have good news and His love to share.
"How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'" Isaiah 52:7 NASV
We are all He has on this earth. Broken vessels, frail humanity, yet called by Him. Chosen. Kingdom people.
"All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him." Isaiah 53:6 NASV
"...Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sins of many, And interceded for the transgressors." Isaiah 53:12 NASV
We love those whose lives touch ours. We reach out in His strength, not our own. His grace sustains. We press on. Relentless in the pursuit of holiness. The battle is not ours.
"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,..." Hebrews 12:1 NASV