Over a week, I wrote five devotions, which gave me a choice of which ones to submit to the editor. The first two I wrote were the right ones this time. I learnt once again , if that makes sense, that If I only have two devotions to choose from (two was the number I was assigned) I would question if those two were good enough to submit and could I have written another one better. So, having a few up my sleeve takes the pressure off that thinking. I can choose from four or five to get the sense of the best now and work on the others later.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. (Isaiah 53:9, NIV)–This is about Jesus.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4, NIV)
Jesus said, ‘It is accomplished’; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit. (John 19:30, Jerusalem Bible)
In the days to come
the mountains of the Temple of Yahweh
shall tower above the mountains
and be lifted higher than the hills.
All nations will stream to it,
peoples without number will come to it; and they will say:
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh,
to the temple of the God of Jacob
that he may teach us his ways
so that we may walk in his paths;
since the Law will go out from Zion,
and the oracle of Yahweh from Jerusalem’.
He will wield authority over the nations
and adjudicate between many peoples;
these will hammer their swords into ploughshares,
their spears into sickles.
Nation will not lift sword against nation,
there will be no more training for war.
O House of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of Yahweh.
-Isaiah 2:2-5, Jerusalem Bible