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December 14

Isaiah 58, 6-9a

Something to read

Is not this the fast that I choose:
   to loose the bonds of injustice,
   to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
   and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
   and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
   and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
   and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you,
   the glory of the Lord shall be your rearguard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
   you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
New Revised Standard Version

To read the King James Version, click here

Something to think about

I was chatting to a man who had just finished a small job on my house and he noticed my Bibles on a shelf.  He explained that in the army he read the Bible and the Quran and that now he follows the Dalai Lama’s twitter feed, messages of hope and peace in 140 characters.  I checked and found that each verse of today’s passage would fit (in Hebrew characters) as a twitter message.  I had been stuck that, in the way that the workman could quote the Dalai Lama’s messages to me, Jesus took elements of this passage to quote to his followers.

I don’t know whether the workman lives by the Dalai Lama’s wisdom, but I do know that if we live by Jesus’ twitter feed of this passage, it would make a real difference for Christ’s sake.

Something to do

If you use a social network (twitter, Facebook, blog, etc.) consider posting a verse (slightly abridged in English for twitter!) from the above passage each day for the next four days and share with others this significant influence on Jesus’ preaching and teaching.

Something to pray

In this world of sound bites and SMS, help us to hear your words of justice and hope that we may be challenged to be God’s people, transformed by the gospel, making a difference for Christ’s sake.

Today's contributor is Mel Smith, a student training for ministry with the United Reformed Church at Westminster College, Cambridge.

 

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