A reading from the prophecy of Isaiah
(Chapter 40:1-5, 9-11)
There are many beautiful passages in the Hebrew Scriptures in which God speaks soulfully to the people of Israel. This is one of the most powerful: “Comfort, give comfort to my people.” “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.” “Fear not to cry out.” “Here comes with power the Lord God.”
Did they listen? Did they hear the words in their hearts? Perhaps many did, but others did not. God speaks to us tenderly and with power so many times in our lives in so many ways, through many different people and situations. How often do we really listen, in times of joy and times of sadness, in stress and in peace, and so many times in between?
“O bless the Lord, my soul.” Let us bless the Lord because of all the blessings he gives to us.