He gives strength to the weary ad increases the power of the weak. – (Isaiah 40:29, NIV)
He helps tired people be strong. He gives power to those without it. – (Isaiah 40:29, ERV)
God strengthens the weary and gives vitality to those worn down by age and care. – (Isaiah 40:29, VOICE)
This weekend, my sister, our lifelong friend, who is essentially like another sister, and I will be getting together for sister time for the first time in our adult lives. We have seen each other and spent time, but either with our spouses and or families, or for only a meal or an afternoon. Each one of us has been navigating unanticipated challenges in life and need a weekend of retreat and rest. God is gracious and kind, and I know that it is His goodness that is providing us time together, for there is such a blessing in being with those who have known and loved us for a lifetime. Already, I anticipate the goodness of gathering to strengthen our resolve, as His care is made evident through one another. There is power in knowing you are known and loved wherever you are and through whatever circumstances life brings. May we ever seek the Lord to provide us with strength and rest, and praise Him for the opportunities that He provides to fill us up.
The goodness of God,
Is made evident;
His peace provided,
Love that’s heaven sent.
He grants us His strength,
As we are shown love;
In gifts from above.
There’s nothing so sweet,
As the gift of time;
God’s loving design.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You strengthen us when we are weary, and provide us peace and rest when it is needed most. Thank You for the gift of sisters. Thank You that You have designed us for community and family. Forgive us for not seizing every opportunity You provide to be present with loved ones to encourage, support and bless. Teach us how to best be present in the times that we are given to gather. Show us how to love and support one another, as You grant us rest and renewed strength. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You for being our Source of strength, and for the blessing of rest and community. Amen.
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28