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.”
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My television was on this morning but muted as I went about my morning routine. There was an older gentleman with a kind face being interviewed. He was standing on a high place looking over a large city with a beautiful, snow-tipped mountain appearing in the distance in the mist. When I turned the sound on, I discovered the man was a scientist who studied volcanos. He was explaining that his homeland, Japan, had so many active volcanoes that it is just a matter of time before one or more exploded and would render the island nation uninhabitable. He said it could happen any time. Isaiah's words have always been muted to me. I heard them differently this morning. Getting ready for Jesus, perhaps, means being prepared for upheaval, change, the pain of death and hope of new life.
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Holy God, even when our lives explode, may we turn to your voice and live. Amen.