Thus says the Lord: For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Today is Tuesday the 3 March, in the first week of Lent.
Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short, sing “Bless the Lord My Soul” from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers. “Bless the Lord, my soul. Lord God, how great you are!” As I begin to pray today, I acknowledge the greatness of God, who created me and everything around me, the earth the moon and the stars, who makes springs gush forth in the valleys and grass grow for the cattle. And I place myself in the hands of that great and wonderful God.
Today’s reading is from the Prophet Isaiah.
What’s the weather like where you are today? Is it enabling growth and flourishing in the natural world? Can you see positive signs of its impact? Today’s reading from the prophet Isaiah likens God’s word to the rain and snow which enable crops to grow, come to fruition and provide nourishment. What do you understand by the term ‘God’s word’? What image do you have for it?
In what ways does God’s word bring life? Where can you see growth happening within yourself and your community through God’s word?
God’s word is also a title for Jesus. With this is in mind, notice if this makes a difference to your engagement with this passage as you listen again… imagine God’s word bringing growth, purpose and fulfilment into your life.
In what area of your life do your most need God’s word to bring growth and flourishing. Tell God about it now.