The Lord said, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
‘You have my word’ is an expression indicating the truth or fullness of our intention. I say I will and I do so. Much more than a human intention, God’s word is so rich and multi-faceted. God’s word guides us, corrects us, inspires us, warns us. God’s word sets out a long-term plan for humanity, fully aware of our faults and failings but equally aware of our individual goodness and giftedness.
Our task is to open the eyes of the young people in our care to glimpse and maybe grasp that God’s word is for them. It is not set in the past but, if we are open, can speak to the heart of each person. God’s word speaks to our failings and our yearnings. This plan directs us home, into the arms of the God who loved us into life.
Have a great week!