Today’s find: Hiatus

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, it’s beginning to look like our Kairos Prison Ministry team may actually be allowed back inside the prison this spring.

We gathered for our first “team formation” meeting the other day – and there heard directly from the prison Chaplain that he remains cautiously optimistic: at the moment, all signs point to the COVID-19 medical quarantine being lifted at the facility.

As he gave us the good news, I couldn’t help but recall the sign I had myself received a few hours earlier – idling at a stoplight, just after dawn. As morning broke, it sure seemed like the heavens were offering a wink of affirmation for our endeavors:

A break in the clouds…as a new day of ministry dawns!

And then today’s scripture passage, from Isaiah, provided a timely reminder: how patience is sometimes required to see God’s hand at work. What at first glance might seem like “hiatus”…may soon prove to have been a period of “germination” instead:

Thus says the LORD:
Just as from the heaven
            the rain and snow come down
And do not return there
            till they have watered the earth,
            making it fertile and fruitful,
Giving seed to the one who sows
            and bread to the one who eats,
So shall my word be
            that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me void,
            but shall do my will,
            achieving the end for which I sent it.

Let us pause now…to recall that we are in the presence of the Holy & Merciful One.


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