Tuesday, Fourth Week of Epiphany February 2, 2021

Prayer pointers:

To hope in the Lord

For those who proclaim good news

Today’s text: Isaiah 52:1-12

MANY A PARENT has peppered a child with the need to be presentable. “Wash your face and comb your hair!” “Tuck in that shirt!” “Stand up straight!” Even as teens down through the ages have grumbled, nonetheless there is a small bit of wisdom in the old phrase “dress for success.”

But to dress well means that we have hope, that there is someone out there who will notice, who will see us.

Much of our current life is undermined by the idea that we have no real reason to hope, that there is no one who really notices, no one who truly cares.

Isaiah disagrees—the watchmen are singing, their eyes filled with the sight of the Lord’s approach. The Lord God sees! He sees us!

Left to ourselves, our strength ebbs, our hopes fail, our troubles carry us away. But the Lord God sees—and he is our hope, for his salvation has come to us. God goes before us to lead the way; he stands behind us to protect us. Nothing in life can snatch us out of his hand. From every place and life that we might say are wasted, God can bring forth joy and singing.

When you look into the mirror today, even if it’s just for a lick and a promise, remember that you are the apple of God’s eye, and he will answer your deepest hopes.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.