The lectionary readings weren’t working out. It was mostly the constant bad news that God kept sending to the Israelites over and over. It might be interesting to count how many times God sent a prophet to tell the people they were dreadful sinners. But I can’t think of anything new to comment about that.
During Sunday School I noticed a list of scripture verses to read daily in order to prepare for the following Sunday’s lesson. Aha! Maybe this will work. I’ll give it a go anyway.
A voice says, “Shout!”
I said, “What shall I shout?”
These people are nothing but grass, their love fragile as wildflowers.
The grass withers, the flowers will fade, if God so much as puffs on them.
Aren’t these people just so much grass?
True, the grass withers and the wildflowers fade, but our God’s Word stands firm and forever.
Climb a high mountain, Zion. You’re the preacher of good news.
Raise your voice. Make it good and loud Jerusalem. You’re the preacher of good news.
Speak loud and clear. Don’t be timid!
Tell the cities of Judah, “Look! Your God!”
Look at Him! God, the Master, comes in power, ready to go into action.
He is going to pay back his enemies and reward those who have loved him.
Like a shepherd, he will care for his flock, gathering the lambs in his arms,
Hugging them as he carries them, leading the nursing ewes to good pasture.
It’s nice to “hear” God call the prophet “a preacher of GOOD news.” It is also good to see God personified as a loving shepherd who makes sure that His sheep are well cared for.