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Oct 13

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for getting me up bright and early for a morning wake up walk today! 😀 Thank you for caring intimately for me, Shepherd! I look forward to our adventures together, as I learn more about you, more about myself, and more about your people and your world. Thank you, Father, for giving me LIFE, so that I may have a chance to know you and be known by you. Thank you for pruning things out of my life, and giving me the courage to let things go, to make room for your awesome Word to take root. Keep growing me, Father! 😀

Isaiah 65:17-25 ERV

“I am creating a new heaven and a new earth. The troubles of the past will be forgotten. No one will remember them.
My people will be happy and rejoice forever and ever because of what I will make. I will make a Jerusalem that is full of joy, and I will make her people happy.
“Then I will rejoice with Jerusalem. I will be happy with my people. There will never again be crying and sadness in that city.
In that city there will never be a baby who lives only a few days, and every older person will live for a long, long time. A person who lives 100 years will be called young. And whoever doesn’t live that long will be considered cursed.
“In that city whoever builds a house will live there; whoever plants a vineyard will eat the grapes from that garden.
Never again will one person build a house and another person live there. Never again will one person plant a garden and another eat the fruit from it. My people will live as long as the trees. My chosen people will get full use of whatever they make.
Never again will a woman suffer childbirth and have her baby die. Women will not fear childbirth. I, the LORD, will bless all my people and their children.
I will answer them before they call for help. I will help them before they finish asking.
Wolves and little lambs will eat together. Lions will eat hay like cattle, and snakes will eat only dust. They will not hurt or destroy each other on my holy mountain.” This is what the LORD said.

What a beautiful promise!! My favorite part is “My people will live as long as the trees.” That is so cool! I’ve been listening to an audiobook, Braiding Sweetgrass, written by a Native American woman who became a scientist, and she shares both sides of her “training” — not only the scientific viewpoint which I am most familiar with, but also the deep understanding of partnership with the land and trees and water — with all of creation — that her ancestors believed in. I’ve always felt a sort of kinship with certain trees, especially willows and cottonwoods. And I’ve spent many hours sitting in the shade of great old trees, appreciating nature down to the intricate details in the leaf litter just in front of me. But to think that I could “live as long as the trees” gives me a new thrill, a new feeling of stability and fondness for nature. While I’m quite unfamiliar with the concept of building a house and/or enjoying a particular house enough to want to live there for life, I am quite familiar with the desire to plant a garden and eat the fruit of it. Planting a vineyard and an orchard and even nut trees — and then eating their produce year after year — wow, I really cannot imagine toooooo much more satisfaction and “Ahhhhhh!!!” factor than that! Thank you for this awesome, encouraging, hopeful promise, Lord! 😀


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