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Lenten Devotion Day 4

Isaiah 40:31

This is one of my favorite scriptures of encouragement–especially in times when grief or pain or disappointment is so great that I can’t imagine ever soaring or running or even walking without feeling weary.

I think it’s the use of the future tense in this passage that makes it so powerful. It doesn’t tell me that those who trust in the Lord find new strength right now or that those who trust in the Lord should feel stronger. It promises that those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength. No timetable, but an assurance that the future holds something better for those who don’t lose their faith and trust in the Lord.

When someone is in the depths of pain or grief or sorrow, the promise that it won’t always feel this bad is a powerful promise indeed. Even when a person is not even sure s/he can crawl, knowing that there will be a day when s/he will feel strong again may be just the encouragement that is needed.

–Rev. Anne Russ

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