Led forth in peace

4 04 2015

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If we’re allowed to have a favorite chapter in the Bible, I’m pretty sure mine is Isaiah 55. I love the combination of imagery, poetry, and promise — how God is set apart as holy and higher, yet He calls us to come and eat what is good, to seek and find, to forsake our wicked ways and run into His arms of compassion.

I can almost hear the mountains breaking forth into singing, see the trees clapping their hands, and feel the earth stirring with purpose as His word succeeds in all He has planned.

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This has been a profound Holy Week for me, my senses more fully alive, and my heart more deeply moved by the price Jesus paid for our redemption. I think this is true for a variety of reasons, but surely one of them is the fact that, after I gather with the Body of Christ on Easter morning to celebrate how life once and for all conquered death, I’ll get on an airplane and fly across the ocean to the Horn of Africa. Lord willing, I’ll spend the next two weeks visiting friends who work in that region. Two weeks listening to their stories and hearing their hearts. Two weeks meeting the beautiful souls they serve and seeing the image of God in their faces. Two weeks walking among people whose hardships are heavy and whose daily lives bear little resemblance to mine, and yet whose hearts cry out for the same love, hope, peace, and purpose.

I don’t know what these two weeks will hold, but as I think about going, I hear a Voice, urgently calm and fiercely tender:

Come! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”

I know that my thoughts are not His thoughts, and my ways are not His ways. I know I’m utterly insufficient in myself to strengthen weak hands or feeble knees, but I also know the word that goes forth from God’s mouth will not return to Him empty. Like the rain and snow that water the earth, it will accomplish His purposes.

And I know that I will go out in joy and be led forth in peace — that no matter what happens, in the realest Real, the mountains will be singing and the trees keeping the beat. That all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.

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How do I know this? Because Easter happened. Because even though Jesus could have called down a legion of angels to take Him off the cross, He didn’t. He stayed there. And it wasn’t the nails that held him. It was love.

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Friends, will you pray with me over these next two weeks? I’d be so grateful. And have a beautiful, worshipful Easter! Jesus is risen. He really is. May we never lose the wonder.

 


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4 04 2015
lschontos

Already praying, Jeanne. So honored to travel with you – my heart holding you in prayer.
Blessed Easter!

4 04 2015
jodyo70

all Creation praises Him, in the ‘realest Real.’ Amen….. I will carry you in my heart, sweet friend.

5 04 2015
Andrea
5 04 2015
kittypalmer

Praying for you… Have a blessed trip!

6 04 2015
pastordt

Happy to pray for you, Jeanne. Capetown are? I loved living in that part of the world (well, 1500 miles north!) and know that you will be blessed by the depth of faith (and the depth of struggle) you will find there.

7 04 2015
rubaabbassi

To the woman who is influencing my life with her beautiful mind and sincere heart. Thank you for your insight. I will be praying for your trip to Africa. Love you Jeanne.

15 04 2015
Monica Kaye Snyder

Jeanne, Praying for you this morning as I have every day since you left. I am looking forward to hearing what great things God is doing during your time in Africa. LOVE.

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