“Don’t be afraid, for I have ransomed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up – the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God, your Savior, the Holy One of Israel. I gave Egypt and Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for your freedom as your ransom.
Others died that you might live; I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me and honored, and I love you.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. I will gather you from east and west, from north and south. I will bring my sons and daughters back to Israel from the farthest corners of the earth.
All who claim me as their God will come, for I have made them for my glory; I created them. Bring them back to me – blind as they are and deaf when I call (although they see and hear!)”
~ Isaiah 43:1-8