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Isaiah 40:1-11, A Voice in the Wilderness

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

The grass withers, the flower fades;   but the word of our God will stand for ever. 
— Isaiah 40:8

NL Daily Devotion for Saturday, January 19, 2019

by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff


How easy it is to forget that the beauty we see today won’t last forever.

Not our shiny cars or jewelry or shoes, not our boats or our electronic devices - not even the beauty of nature is forever.

Everything is temporary - except for the Word of God.

And yet, we turn to the beauty of objects that are not permanent so very often.

It can be scary to think of the constant ticking on of time - but we can take comfort in the fact that even as things fade away, God’s love for us will never falter!

Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

Comfort, O comfort my people,
   says your God. 
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
   and cry to her
that she has served her term,
   that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
   double for all her sins. 

A voice cries out:
‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
   make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 
Every valley shall be lifted up,
   and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
   and the rough places a plain. 
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
   and all people shall see it together,
   for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’ 

A voice says, ‘Cry out!’
   And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’
All people are grass,
   their constancy is like the flower of the field. 
The grass withers, the flower fades,
   when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
   surely the people are grass. 
The grass withers, the flower fades;
   but the word of our God will stand for ever. 
Get you up to a high mountain,
   O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
   O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
   lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
   ‘Here is your God!’ 
See, the Lord God comes with might,
   and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
   and his recompense before him. 
He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
   he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
   and gently lead the mother sheep. 

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