February 15, 2011

i got a little perspective this week. and it came in the form of scripture reading at church sunday morning. it isn’t surprising to hear scripture read on a sunday morning, and it shouldn’t be surprising that it offers perspective – but this past sunday the perspective i got sort of, how do they say, knocked the wind out of me. in a good way. i think my perspective has been off lately. not intentionally, but i think i have been focusing on other things. i was thankful to be re-directed, i left church so thankful to be reminded of this better world view, this better idea of how to see others, this more beautiful way of living – the way of life.

and then again, just today, i found myself needing this perspective again. needing to be reminded again. needing the wind knocked out of me again. i think i may need to post this somewhere – in a place my eyes fall each day… because i want this to be my perspective:

Is not this the fast that I choose:

to loose the bonds of injustice,

to undo the thongs of yoke,

to let the oppressed go free,

and to break every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,

and bring the homeless poor into your house;

when you see the naked, to cover them,

and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,

and your healing shall spring up quickly;

your vindicator shall go before you,

the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;

you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.

If you remove the yoke from among you,

the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,

if you offer your food to the hungry

and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,

then your light shall rise in the darkness

and your gloom be like the noonday.

Isaiah 58:6-10, NRSV