Stretch out your hands and arms as if you were saying these words: “‘Here am I, here am I,’ to a nation that did not call on my name. I held out my hands all day to a rebellious people” (Isaiah 65:1-2, NRSV). How do you feel as you say and do this? Based on this, how might God have felt saying those words?
Our happiness-addicted culture avoids studying scripture passages in which God weeps. Rarely are these passages preached on, taught, or savored in scripture meditation. Using a concordance, review the passages that speak of God’s compassion (or his “suffering with”) and also God’s weeping.
Consider this prayer: “‘Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.’ If we viewed life from God’s viewpoint, what in this world would upset us? What upsets God that, if I’d let myself think about it, upsets me too? What needs to be changed? What needs more attention? What needs redemptive action? Where does God’s pain and my pain intersect?”
Ponder or write down a few things that you think break God’s heart. Try to put people’s names with those issues or conditions: Karen, who is homeless; Jason, who is in jail; José, who has cancer.