Welcome to Kindling for Candles! I chose the name for the blog from Isaiah 42 and Matthew 12. Within those passages there is justice, confrontation of evil, compassion, comfort and hope. Matthew opens chapter 12 by describing Jesus twice challenging the Pharisees, he goes on to tell of Jesus healing people, and he then writes,
This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
“BEHOLD, MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN;
MY BELOVED IN WHOM MY SOUL is WELL-PLEASED;
I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM,
AND HE SHALL PROCLAIM JUSTICE TO THE GENTILES.
HE WILL NOT QUARREL, NOR CRY OUT;
NOR WILL ANYONE HEAR HIS VOICE IN THE STREETS.
A BATTERED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK OFF,
AND A SMOLDERING WICK HE WILL NOT PUT OUT,
UNTIL HE LEADS JUSTICE TO VICTORY.
AND IN HIS NAME THE GENTILES WILL HOPE.”
We have each had times in our lives when we have felt battered or like a candle that is smoldering and about to go out. The words of Isaiah and Matthew have given me encouragement in my darkest days, and those themes of justice, evil, compassion, comfort and hope speak to me deeply.
The word encourage has two parts: the prefix en- and the word courage. When you take that prefix en- and attach it to courage, you have a word that means to bring someone to courage. We need to be brought to courage as we falter when we are weary, lonely, devastated, or in dread of the mockery or actions of others. Sometimes we can’t even clearly see that a situation calls for courage because we lack the necessary moral clarity or understanding. We may have personal difficulties in which we need to brought to courage, or we may not be in danger or difficulties, but others are, and they need us to be brought to courage on their behalf.
At Kindling for Candles I plan to write on the ways, means and actions of encouragement and courage. That’s a broad net that encompasses many topics! My hope and prayer is that God, through my words or the comments of others, will kindle our minds and hearts, encouraging us as He brings us to courage.
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