Thus says the LORD:
In a time of favor I answer you,
on the day of salvation I help you;
and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people,
To restore the land
and allot the desolate heritages,
Saying to the prisoners: Come out!
To those in darkness: Show yourselves!
Along the ways they shall find pasture,
on every bare height shall their pastures be.
They shall not hunger or thirst,
nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;
For he who pities them leads them
and guides them beside springs of water.
I will cut a road through all my mountains,
and make my highways level.
See, some shall come from afar,
others from the north and the west,
and some from the land of Syene.
Sing out, O heavens, and rejoice, O earth,
break forth into song, you mountains.
For the LORD comforts His people
and shows mercy to His afflicted.
But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me."
Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget,
I will never forget you.
Today’s first reading reminds us that although we may forget about God, God never forgets us. The prophet Isaiah is writing to the Jews in Exile reminding them that God has not forgotten them. He will restore them to their land and they shall want for nothing. He did not forsake them and He does not forsake you.
How often do we pray to God and grow impatient and frustrated when our prayers are not answered right when we want them to be? This can make us feel as though the Lord has forgotten about us. We pray and seek, but God does not respond. He never fails to answer prayers. Remember, “No” is an answer too. We so easily forget that God is all knowing all powerful and we must place all our trust in Him and His perfect timing.
Despite life’s circumstance or our own failures and weaknesses, we have a God who is all loving and merciful who desires to be united with us. There will be many ups and downs in life, many unknowns and much suffering, but there is great peace in knowing that we are not alone. God is with us through it all. We hold steadfast to His promises that, “the LORD comforts His people and shows mercy to His afflicted.” His love for us is infinite and He will not forsake us. He will never forget us and He holds us in the palm of His hands. Today, spend 15 extra minutes in prayer thanking God for His presence and love in your life.