Isaiah 35:1-6,10; Psalms 146:7-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11
Many years ago a large industrial corporation erected a new headquarters building. They laid a cornerstone which contained various predictions of what the world would be like one hundred years hence. Among the many eyebrow-raising forecasts was one signed by the corporate chairman. It read: “One hundred years from now and five hundred years from now, men and women will still struggle for happiness, which will continue to lie within themselves.”
A wise reminder for us who live in the here-and-now!
In Luke’s Gospel, there is a parable in which Jesus says, “What man of you, having one hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he finds it, he lays it on his shoulder, rejoicing” (Lk. 15:4-5).
When we become separated from the flock, when we become lost in the wilderness, when we become estranged from God, when we have lapsed into a…
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