A City Wakes Up!

Riga Street
Riga Street

Chuck’s apartment is in the heart of the old city of Riga. Today I woke up just before the city, refreshed and so ready for this day. It was a sweet blessing to sit quietly in the front room and hear the infrequent sounds of a city waking up — heels clicking on the cobblestones below, a car navigating the narrow street, the sounds of gulls circling above.

I’ve been reading in John since the beginning of this year. Today I focused on John 14:12-14 which led me into Isaiah 61. Today the Lord connected these scriptures for me. I’ve always seen Isaiah 61 as Jesus’ job description so to speak. The scripture perfectly describes for us who He is and what He came to do. Today in John 14 I saw the truth that as we have faith in Jesus we will do what He did when He walked our earth – in fact Jesus says we will do greater things! Wow! What a promise to pray into and hold onto! I found myself thinking of the things Jesus did as He lived among men and then I went back and read through Isaiah 61. This now is my prayer — that Isaiah 61 and beyond will be accomplished in and through our lives – both here in Riga and in Corvallis!

Love and blessings! Claudia

John 14:11-14
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” 

Isaiah 61:1-11
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. 
They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Aliens will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God.You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land,and everlasting joy will be theirs.  “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed.” I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”

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