Bread – Rewrite

December 24, 2010

Readings for Friday, December 24, designated by the Book of Common Prayer:  Isa. 35:1-10; Rev. 22:12-17, 21; Luke 1:67-80; Psalms 45, 46


I debated whether to merely quote Isaiah this morning and let it stand on its own, but I decided instead to rewrite it. The “I” can stand for you or me – you substitute whatever word for “I” you want. The rewrite is:

I, who at times have been in the desert in my life and places called parched, am glad.

I, who at times have been lost in the wilderness, rejoice and will blossom.

I, who have feeble hands and knees which buckle under pressure; I who am fearful – the Lord says to me “Be strong, do not fear, I am here.”

My God comes to defend me; indeed, He is here already.

I, who was and can be blind, have had my eyes opened by the power of my God.

I, who was and can be deaf, have had my ears unstopped by the power of my God.

I am lame, but through God who strengthens me I can leap like a deer.

I, whose tongue was sealed shut because of my unclean lips, can shout for joy.

In the wilderness of my life, I can drink from gushing waters and bubbling springs.

Where my house use to be barren of life, good things can now grow.

God has revealed to me a path – it is called the Way of Holiness.

Only those whom God has delivered through the blood of Jesus Christ may walk on that path.

On that path, there is nothing which can destroy me, there is no ferocious beast who can devour me.

On that path, I will meet the redeemed.

On that path, I will enter into Zion in the congregation of singers.

Everlasting joy crowns my head.

I am overtaken by gladness and joy.

Sorrow and sighing are no more.

Jesus says today “Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” Rev. 22:17

Tomorrow, Christmas Day, we celebrate the appearance on earth of that free gift – the water of life, Jesus Christ, Son of God, Creator, Redeemer, King.

I rewrote Isaiah. God rewrote me. And He can rewrite you.

Holy Christmas!



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