Thursday, September 29, 2011

Forget Me Not

Remember these things, O Jacob, and Israel, for thou art my servant. I have formed thee, thou art my servant, O Israel, forget me not.  --Isaiah 44:21 (Douay-Rheims 1899)
Throughout chapter 44 Isaiah explains how different craftsmen take different natural elements and use them for the things they need, but also use a part of what they collect/harvest to create idols.  The prophet points to these idols and says they are no different than the element out of which they are made.  This natural element made into an idol and worshiped as a god will decay and disappear.  Yet, what God makes; who God is lasts.  Furthermore, there is creative power with God, whereas the idol just sits there lifeless.  The conclusion is: so why do you bother with idols?  How can you find meaning to life through any other source besides God asks Isaiah.
Indeed!  God forms us, walks with us through this life, establishes a plan for our eternal life, and will be there long after all things have passed away.  Whatever you make, create, or buy to supply security or forestall infirmity and death is never going to match the caring power and abiding compassion or strength that God wants to be in your life.  God can spin a universe out here, or raise a galaxy there,  lift a king to a throne, or can just see you through another day.  Why would you ignore or forget this?  Remember these things, thou art my servant, forget me not.

God of Jacob and Israel, for your abiding ever-present love, we give you thanks.  Lift up in us the reminders of our true security in you and permit us to share this peace with all we meet this day.  Amen.

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