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  “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” (Isa. 43:1-2)

 

Lord Jesus, thank you for loving us so well through the Scriptures. Today, in particular, thank you for reminding us that suffering is a normative part of life on our way Home—normative but not ultimate.

What is ultimate, presently true, and precious forever is belonging to you, Jesus. We are not our own; we are yours. You “own” us in the most profound way imaginable. You bought us with the price of your life—making us your bride to love and cherish, have and hold forever. That’s not a metaphor, simile, idiom, or allegory. It’s flat out glorious true.

Every day in the Gospel, you summon each of us by name—calling us to savor your beauty, love, and presence. Jesus, as we fellowship with you, threatening “waters” and “rivers” of sorrow, pain, and fear are put into perspective.

We are passing through them—enroute to our wedding day and eternal feast of belonging to you. Hallelujah, this parade of grace is undeterrable, even as it passes through waters of “this-is-too-much-Jesus” and rivers of “I-can’t-take-any-more-of-this-Lord.”

The good news, all the “waters” and every “river” knows your name, Jesus. None of them are sovereign; only you are. But the best news—that which we rest in, relish, and at times revel in, is that you know our names… Hallelujah! Jesus, be more real to us today than every fear-fueling form of “H2O.”  So Very Amen.

 

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