Family Reunion

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Isaiah 58 :1-10 is a text we are looking at over breakfast this week at Hotel Cisneros in Managua. “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the 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 our house; when you see the naked to cover them, and not to hide yourself from you kin? "(Isaiah 58:6,7)

A thief in his old age, unable to ply his “trade", was starving. A wealthy man, hearing of his distress, sent him food.

Shortly thereafter, both the rich man and the thief died, on the same day.

The trial of the benefactor occurred first in the Heavenly Court. The verdict? He was found wanting and sentenced to Purgatory. At the entrance, however, an angel came hurrying to recall him back to Court. There he learned that his sentence had been reversed. Why? The thief whom he aided on earth had stolen the list of his iniquities. (The Yehudi, as told in the The Jewish Way of Life and Thought, by Abraham Karp)

The text of Isaiah goes on in the 8th verse of chapter 58 to say, “Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly, your vindicator shall go before you, and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.”

Here in Managua, on a trash dump, in a land few of us have visited - we are at a family reunion.  There is human need  for sure. We have brought some food, clothing, and other essentials for human survival. What we have received is a fresh glimpse into the truth of what is essential for the soul. Jesus has introduced us to our kin. Fears which separated us from them have fallen away, as the Nicaraguan once unknown to us has become the one the Lord uses to be our “rear guard”, a trusted friend who watches out for us. Such is the truth only the Lord can offer.

We are humbled for the opportunity to share our testimony on Sunday of what the Risen Jesus has been up to among us. Keep us and our new found kin in your prayers.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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