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From now until Easter, a daily meditation for your Lenten prayers,
based on the text and music of Handel's Messiah,
written by the community of the American International Church.
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Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.
(Isaiah 35:5-6)
Reflect

This passage of Isaiah is pointing clearly to the promise of a coming Messiah. The redemption of Judah during a time of judgement against the nations. The words and deeds of Jesus in Matthew 11:4-5 reflect back to Isaiah’s prophecy.

Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the good news is preached to the poor.

In today’s culture, we can still see modern day miracles and healings, but in more everyday context we can take the visual that Isaiah gives us and apply it to our spiritual lives. How many of you have seen a non-believer have their eyes opened and their ears unstopped by hearing the gospel or seeing your walk with the Lord as an example of Christianity? You may not know the impact that your Christian example has on those whose lives you touch.

One of the greatest gifts, that I have had in this life, was the knowledge that our life example brought two friends to Christ. It wasn’t anything that we said, it was just being a friend and walking our walk with examples of faith. We lost one of those two friends a few years back way too early, but we know that she is with Jesus in heaven and that gives us great joy.

Have you heard someone who has been spiritually mute, shout for joy in song or deed? Watch your world for these small sightings of God.


Kathryn Gerken

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Today's scripture comes from a soprano air. You can listen here on Spotify  or watch the excerpt here from mezzo soprano Christy Young at the Iglesia Presbiteriana San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Today's text is only the first 30 seconds, the rest follows tomorrow. (The image link was not working, but if you click on the image below it will take you to the video.)
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