S (Scripture): Isaiah 42:6 “I, the Lord, officially commission you; I take hold of your hand. I protect you and make you a covenant mediator for people,
and a light to the nations, 42:7 to open blind eyes, to release prisoners from dungeons, those who live in darkness from prisons.”
O (Observation): God declares that the special serve it will come to bring your new little it to God’s people but to all who are oppressed and downtrodden. And perhaps, by extension, God is making all of his people a light to the world.
A (Application): We are back from Detroit, where 30,000 ELCA Lutherans – mostly HS youth – gathered to walk alongside the people of Detroit. We worshipped. We served. We hung out with each other and met other Lutherans from across the states. We met gracious hosts all across Detroit.
We loved on those people hard, and I think they felt it.
A poet spoke at our Gathering and basically told us that we were the light of God marching in Detroit, and that we were to go back to our home towns and continue this work. (That’s my spin. She didn’t use those words, but that is how I interpreted her words in light of today’s text.)
So, how are you a light to the world? Or more specifically, to the town in which you live? How has God already equipped you and prepared the hearts and minds of those around you to support you in your ministry?
God is already at work…so let us open our eyes…and see what God is up to.
P (Prayer): Lord, you have provided so many wonderful experiences for us in Detroit. Please keep us focused on serving you in faith and love back in our hometowns. Amen.