We asked members of our staff to share what inspires them to do justice work. This month, Rev. Loey Powell reflects on Isaiah 40 and finds inspiration.
Those Eagle's Wings
When it all seems endlessly hopeless, like oil gushing uncontrolled into the Gulf of Mexico, like tears streaming down the face of a hungry child, like relentless bad news headlines in the daily paper, take heart.
Read the 40th chapter of Isaiah. Read it again. "Comfort, comfort my people, says your God, speak tenderly to Jerusalem." (RSV) Through the prophet, God speaks to God's people reminding them that God's hope and vision for humanity is primary. It takes precedence over the plans of scheming rulers. It is seen in the strength of the mountains and the seas and in those gathered up in the arms of the Divine.
"So – who is like me?
Who holds a candle to me?" says the Holy.
Look at the night skies:
Who do you think made all this?
Don't you know anything? Haven't you been listening?
God doesn't come and go. God lasts."
(The Message, Eugene Peterson)
God lasts. What better news do we need than to know deep down in our bellies that no matter what happens, no matter how dire the circumstances or bleak the outlook, the Holy One will be there. This is good news. This gives us a lift and a little bounce in our step, and energy to see what can be done – and to do it.
Be patient – not with injustice but with the process that will make things right again, that will restore harmony within and without.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don't get tired,
they walk and don't lag behind. (Peterson)