This is a guest post from Jill Clingan, one of my co-editors with Practicing Families.
I have never really liked these verses from Isaiah 55:8-9:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,” says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
In fact, when choosing the scripture to write about for the third week of Lent, I didn’t even consider the text from Isaiah 55 at first. Once I read verses 8-9, I could see nothing else, and all I could remember was hearing this passage as a religious cliché in contexts that made me uncomfortable and even angry:
A teenage boy commits suicide after years of struggling with depression:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,” says the Lord. Continue reading “Unlimited Hope, Expansive Mercy, Abundant Pardon: Isaiah 55:1-13”