Isaiah 25:6-9 Rachel Heyduck

6 On this mountain, the Lord of heavenly forces will prepare for all peoples a rich feast, a feast of choice wines, of select foods rich in flavor, of choice wines well refined. 7 He will swallow up on this mountain the veil that is veiling all peoples, the shroud enshrouding all nations. 8 He will swallow up death forever. The Lord God will wipe tears from every face; he will remove his people’s disgrace from off the whole earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9 They will say on that day, “Look! This is our God, for whom we have waited— and he has saved us! This is the Lord, for whom we have waited; let’s be glad and rejoice in his salvation!”

When I was in the 9th grade, getting ready to leave on a youth retreat for the weekend, I learned of my step-grandfather’s death. I didn’t know him very well but was still sad to hear of his passing.  I left for the retreat, and my friends rallied around me.

When it came time for worship that first evening, I was overwhelmed with loss. I remember crying at the altar during worship. I stayed there and cried for a couple of minutes. The grief and sorrow of the life my step-grandfather led was hard. I remember looking up at that moment and seeing a picture of Jesus in the room. I thought I saw a tear roll down Jesus’ cheek. A wave of emotion came over me and the assurance that Jesus understands my grief and cries with me.

Today’s scripture reminds us that God will wipe away your tears. God will not take away our pain or suffering but will be with us through it. I remember ninth grade being an emotional time. I may not have had a great deal of self-esteem at this stage of life, but I’m grateful that I did have the knowledge of the life of Christ.

Prayer: That we rejoice in God’s salvation today!