Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
Isaiah 43 gives a full display to God's promise to help us when hardships come. God is at work, restoring what has crumbled.
In the early '80s, youth from United Methodist churches in the Detroit East District came together to perform the musical "Two Sides of the Mountain." It was a lot of work, hours upon hours of rehearsals. It was a lot of fun. Youth like to do things that are hard. And it was spiritually formative. The premise of the musical was a journey up the mountain of the Old Testament to the point where Abraham almost sacrifices his son Isaac. Then we journey down the other side of the mountain, where Jesus serves those in need, dies, and is raised to save all people.
Take a look, if you would like. The musical is filmed with camcorders on VHS. While I can remember almost all the lyrics and dialogue, I am sure it will be difficult to make out some of what is being said. But, perhaps, you will capture the Spirit.
If nothing else, go to the 20-minute mark. That's my brother Keith. He had a gift. His singing voice is amazing, but better yet is the way he carried a song in his heart. He offered his heart, love, and faith in song. As Keith sings about Father Abraham remember the words from Isaiah:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.