Who is it we long for?

Listening to some love songs this week, I was feeling the vibe of “Don’t Know Much”, sung by Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt. My Bible reading today expressed this same “first love” feeling I had for the Savior back in 1979. Strangely, it hit me as vibrantly today as my passion carried me then (-when I’d sing at the top of my lungs with my car windows rolled down driving the country roads home after work.) He makes all things new! His love changes our whole identity (and is like a foundation holding us strong). His praise is so easy to sing out when He brings us from death to life. – Teresa #IdontknowmuchbutIknowIlove…

Isaiah 43:16-21 (ESV)

16 

Thus says the Lord,

    who makes a way in the sea,

    a path in the mighty waters,

17 

who brings forth chariot and horse,

    army and warrior;

they lie down, they cannot rise,

    they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:

18 

“Remember not the former things,

    nor consider the things of old.

19 

Behold, I am doing a new thing;

    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

    and rivers in the desert.

20 

The wild beasts will honor me,

    the jackals and the ostriches,

for I give water in the wilderness,

    rivers in the desert,

to give drink to my chosen people,

21 

    the people whom I formed for myself

that they might declare my praise.

Ephesians 3: 13-21 (ESV)

13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

Prayer for Spiritual Strength

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family[c] in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 68:4-6 (ESV)

Sing to God, sing praises to his name;

    lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts;

his name is the Lord;

    exult before him!

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows

    is God in his holy habitation.

God settles the solitary in a home;

    he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,

    but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

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