In honor of this coming Sunday, I offer the following paraphrase of Isaiah 43:1-3. It's loosely based on the Hebrew. However, I translated it with a poet's eye instead of a scholar's eye. I hope it helps my readers to appreciate the meaning behind this beautiful text:
A love song from the Eternal One
Who birthed you and raised you;
Who molded your person and your character:
"Do not fear, my beloved, do not fear!
I have claimed you as my own.
I have named you and consider you family.
You are my prized possession
Which I have obtained at a tremendous cost!
When you feel like you are
Barely keeping your head above water,
I'll be with you!
I won't let you drown!
When life gets too hot to handle
I'll make you fireproof!
You will get through this
And emerge unscorched!
For I am the Eternal One,
Your Sanctuary, Your Safety Net."
Copyright © 2012. David Eck. Used by permission or the author.