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Letter Five

Imagine you were one of the women followers of Jesus during his three-year ministry on earth. What would it be like as your heard his teachings, walked by his side, and watched his ministry?

Dear Sister,

Sorry I have not written in a while. I have been helping the fishermen at the Sea of Galilee. A man named Simon has taken me in and helped me learn how to repair and clean nets. He is a kind man. He loves to tell stories and helps to make even the most mundane moments enjoyable. As he is a bit impulsive, I never know what he will do next! But I love his passion for people and life.

Simon works with his brother Andrew who had spent some time out in the desert with John the Baptist. They have been saying that John the Baptist is the one the prophet Isaiah referred to who would prepare all of us for the Messiah. Do you remember mother and father telling us about this? Isaiah prophesied that one day the Messiah would come who will set us free from the oppression of our enemy. Perhaps Jesus has been sent by God to set us free from the Roman Empire.

Oh sister, wouldn’t it be grand if this man is actually the Messiah who will lead us to freedom? He will be our new King, full of kindness and wisdom.

This morning as I was mending fishing nets and singing praise songs to God, the prophet Isaiah’s words came to my mind. “Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God’? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (see Isaiah 40:27-31). God knows our struggles. He has not forgotten us. He is our good Father who never abandons his children. He hears and responds to our prayers. I feel this new strength coming upon me as I eagerly wait for Jesus.

Sister, do you ever think about the arrival of the long-awaited Christ? If he has really come, should we be doing anything different? I am pondering this today. I will continue to wait in Galilee for him to return. Please pray for God’s salvation to come to us.

In eager anticipation,

Your big sister

Today’s Bible Reading: Isaiah 40-27-31; John 1:35-42

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