A beautiful message for YOU,  from JAMLAC’s Executive Director.

A beautiful message for YOU, from JAMLAC’s Executive Director.

Steve Thompson JAMLAC’s Executive Director

I know it is VERY difficult, if not impossible, for many of us to find a few free moments to ourselves. However, I want to encourage you to take some time—5 or 10 minutes or as much as you feel you can— to decompress. During that time, take a few minutes to read Isaiah 40. This passage comforts me through tough times and I hope it can do the same for you. It reminds me that whatever it is that we are facing, we are not alone in facing it—even though we certainly feel that way. And, in this passage, God’s people are feeling that way:

Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and His understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young people stumble and fall;

But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

     Isaiah 40:27-31.

An interesting thing about this passage is that the reason God’s people were asking if he knew what was going on with them is because God was asking them—Jacob/Israel (God’s people) who were in exile in Babylon—to comfort other people who were back in Jerusalem. And they had doubts—can’t you see what is going on with us? We are in exile in Babylon and you want us to comfort people back in Jerusalem and help them. We’ve got our own difficulties to deal with. Can’t you see?

God basically says…

“yes, I know, now comfort my people. Do what I have called on you to do. Link your lives to my purposes. Hope in me. Wait on me. I am in this with you. I’ll give you the strength and ability to do it.”

I see parallels to many of our situations. We all have plenty on our plates with families, our worries about health, and all our own stuff to deal with. Those responsibilities are a part of what God calls on us to take care of too. AND, we are all part of JAMLAC’s mission! We are called to seek justice for people who are struggling with poverty and oppression. It is a lot and it is hard to believe that we are asked to do it with all of this other stuff we have to deal with! 

But, I’ve seen volunteers, donors, staff, board members and constituents, do this before. I’m seeing you do it now in many ways. I want to encourage with the truth—OUR LIVES MATTERS! The Lord knows what is on each of our plates. God will help us as we place our hope in Him. One way to do this is to take the time to reflect on our place and responsibility in this world and to recognize that this work is for something greater than ourselves. Stuck in the middle of Isaiah 40 is this gem:

He tends his flock like a
shepherd;
He gathers the lambs in his
arms
and carries them close to his heart:
He gently leads those that have young.

     Isaiah 40:11

That is all of us! We are his flock, his lambs. God is with us all in this and we are with each other! 

Peace of Christ

Steve Thompson, Esq.

JAMLAC’s Executive Director

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