Running With Mark 10

Day Ten – January 7, 2020

Read: Isaiah 42 New Revised Standard Version

Visual Liturgy: Isaiah 42


Let’s lean in to verses 1-4

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
    my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
    he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry or lift up his voice,
    or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
    and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
    he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be crushed
    until he has established justice in the earth;
    and the coastlands wait for his teaching.


  • Who do you think Isaiah is talking about? Is it Isaiah himself?  Is it the Messiah who is to come? 
  • I love the image of something that is hurt, a candle that has almost gone out, and the idea that God will not quench it. Sometimes in our work for justice and peace, we can feel worn out, even despondent, wondering if what we are doing is making any difference.  Yet God never grows weary.  When we are tired, confused, burned out, we can rest in our Savior.  We are not meant to power through this life on our own.  The work God calls us to is challenging and sometimes it is really, really hard.  We can rest in God’s promise that God will faithfully bring forth justice.


Music: This song is set to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” re-written with words of peace.  It is worth a listen.

Your Peace Will Make Us One – Audrey Assad


Prayer Focus:

Where are you called to work for justice in the world?  Is it a particular issue or problem?  God has uniquely wired each of us.  Talk to God about your ongoing call to work for justice.


Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins