The wilderness and the dry land shall
be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus 2it shall blossom
abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall
be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of
the Lord, the majesty
of our God.
3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm
the feeble knees. 4 Say to those
who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Here is your
God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He
will come and save you.’
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall
be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6 then the lame shall leap like
a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters
shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; 7 the burning sand shall become
a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of
jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and
8 A highway shall be there, and it shall
be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it,
but it shall be for God’s people; no traveller, not
even fools, shall go astray. 9 No lion shall
be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they
shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk
there. 10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall
return, and come to Jerusalem with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon
their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and
sighing shall flee away.
During the first half of Advent, we are encouraged to look forward to
the end of the world when Christians believe God will come again and all
suffering, evil and sin will be destroyed.
Isaiah, in this passage, paints a picture of what life will be like.
What do you hope God will do at the end of the world?
What do you long for God to do in our world NOW?
In what ways could you contribute to changing things for the better?