October 16

Isaiah 53:10-12

“Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.” vs. 11

The primary salvation stories of the Old and New Testament have suffering at their core. In each of them the hero faces unparalleled pain and anguish…and in each of them there there is ultimate light and forgiveness. That pattern has continued for the people of God and many among us bear testimony to the ultimate victory of mercy in the face of judgment. We see it in various ways throughout our journey of faith. In those moments when despair threatens to overwhelm us the clouds part and we see the light of Christ shining brightly. Our tears are wiped away and through the witness of our pain those around us are edified. Contrary to popular notions it’s the way we deal with sorrow that speaks most clearly to those who hunger for hope. That’s why we’re drawn to Jesus on the Way…we know and believe that he is the righteous one and that through him we have been made righteous. And as the story continues we become the ones carrying the cross and we become the ones who lift up the fallen and bear the iniquities of the broken. We are the ones who give our lives for others…it’s through us that the salvation story continues. It’s through us that the light shines in the darkness and all people see the glory of God!

Thought for the Day: How can my pain be a testimony to others?

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