Part 6: Chapter 1 – Day 6: Yes and Amen!

Welcome to Day 6 of Part 6‘s Chapter 1 of Arise and Shine. Today, Anna is bringing forward the sixth free will offering of The Veil.

Why should I tremble at the plough of my Lord, that maketh deep furrows on my soul? I know He is no idle husbandman, He purposeth a crop. Samuel Rutherford

Isaiah 49: 8 – 12 (MSG)

God also says:
“When the time’s ripe, I answer you.
When victory’s due, I help you.
I form you and use you
to reconnect the people with me,
To put the land in order,
to resettle families on the ruined properties.
I tell prisoners, ‘Come on out. You’re free!’
and those huddled in fear, ‘It’s all right. It’s safe now.’
There’ll be foodstands along all the roads,
picnics on all the hills—
Nobody hungry, nobody thirsty,
shade from the sun, shelter from the wind,
For the Compassionate One guides them,
takes them to the best springs.
I’ll make all my mountains into roads,
turn them into a superhighway.
Look: These coming from far countries,
and those, out of the north,
These streaming in from the west,
and those from all the way down the Nile!”
Yes and Amen!

If I had not known
The piercing of love’s sword
In lifting up cries
For a brother
Whose silenced cries
Entered my heart
I would not know

The faithfulness of a Savior
Who saw, knew
And carried our broken hearts
More than twenty years long
Nor the power of a God
Who heals, restores
And makes whole
A family
In Him woven One.

If I had not known
The horrors of cancer
Stealing strength and life
From my Mum
Day in and day out
I would never have tasted

The peace
That passes all understanding
Nor the love
That conquers all.

If I did not know
What it is to be held
When all I have wanted
Is to die
I would not know

The power of God
Perfected in trauma
His fellowship of suffering
And what it is
To be embraced
By so many
Near and far
Who know
That to live is Christ
And to die is gain.

If I had not known
Rejection’s repeated sting
I would never have had

My eyes opened
By faith to see Jesus
Outside the camp
Calling me, a sinner,
To sit and break bread
With Him.

If I had not known
My pride
And worldly standing
I would not now know

The treasure of heaven
In my family’s eyes
Nor the gift
Of the alabaster box broken
Of prayers upon prayers
As incense sweet.

If I had not known
The accusations upon me hailing
In my God’s own House
I would not know

The One who tethers our feet
To the ground
Who pours His breath
Into our lungs
Who perfects
His Temple
In weakness
For compassion to flow
And grace to unfurl.

If I had not known suffering
I wouldn’t be tasting

The width and depth and breadth
Of love now
I wouldn’t know my Savior
And His Cross
To always and ever be

So, today
I will lift my voice
And sing!
I will lift my hands
In praise!

Even as my heart aches
My tears fall
And my flesh and heart fail me
Again and again
I will give thanks!

I will shout in praise

Of the One
Who ever remains
The strength of my heart.

Of the One
Who is turning
His Body broken
Into gifts overflowing
At the Cross
Where every curse
Is broken

Yes, today,

I will praise Him
In whom each
And every Promise
Is Yes and Amen!
Isaiah 51: 12 – 16 (MSG)

“I, I’m the One comforting you.
What are you afraid of—or who?
Some man or woman who’ll soon be dead?
Some poor wretch destined for dust?
You’ve forgotten me, God, who made you,
who unfurled the skies, who founded the earth.
And here you are, quaking like an aspen
before the tantrums of a tyrant
who thinks he can kick down the world.
But what will come of the tantrums?
The victims will be released before you know it.
They’re not going to die.
They’re not even going to go hungry.
For I am God, your very own God,
who stirs up the sea and whips up the waves,
named God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
I teach you how to talk, word by word,
and personally watch over you,
Even while I’m unfurling the skies,
setting earth on solid foundations,
and greeting Zion: ‘Welcome, my people!’”

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