Thursday, 23 February 2012

Do not be afraid

 - Salisbury Cathedral Font looking south. Source - Wikimedia Commons, public domain image

But now, this is what the LORD says— 
   he who created you, Jacob,
   he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
   I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
 When you pass through the waters, 
   I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
   they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
   you will not be burned;
   the flames will not set you ablaze.
 For I am the LORD your God, 
   the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
and Seba in your stead. 
 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, 
   and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
   nations in exchange for your life.
 Do not be afraid, for I am with you; 
   I will bring your children from the east
   and gather you from the west.
 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ 
   and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
   and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
 everyone who is called by my name, 
   whom I created for my glory,
   whom I formed and
 - Isaiah 43:1-7

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