Come to the Waters of Life

January 18, 2022

Isaiah 55.1-7

1 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
    listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
    my faithful love promised to David.
See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
    a ruler and commander of the peoples.
Surely you will summon nations you know not,
    and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has endowed you with splendor.”

Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

I saw an article today about the changes in the church since the COVID pandemic began.  It reiterates much of what we have seen and heard in our own experiences over this same time.  Changes that are taking place, and which will certainly stay with us, were not caused by COVID.  They are changes that were already in the works, albeit slowly, but have been in process for quite some time.  And it shows that there is slow growth that has taken place is parts of the church, or at least an end to severe losses in memberships.  People are looking for the invitation that God offers in the church.

Isaiah calls out to us still today, “Come…”  Come thirsty, come hungry, come poor and needy.  Come and receive the promises of God.  Come and receive life.  Come and have hope and peace (shalom).  And don’t just come, but invite and receive others who will come.  People we may not have yet met.  People who are the same and some who are vastly different.  People who have great needs and people who don’t show much need.  But all are invited to come.  Because we all need to come and gain life from our God together.

We are called to come and be changed.  Forsaking wicked ways.  Ending selfish behaviours.  No longer isolating from the hurting people of the world.  We are called to come and receive; we are called to come and be changed; we are called to come and give of ourselves to God and his world.  We are called to come to God.  Hear him call and have life.  Speak his call that all might have life.  Live his call as he has put his life in us.

SongBefore the Throne of God Above

Prayer

Tender and compassionate God, you long to gather us in your arms as a hen gathers her chicks.  Draw us to yourself in love, surround us with your grace, and keep us in the shelter of your wings so that in our time of testing we may not fall away.  Amen.

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