PAUL SANNER
Dear God, thank you for today and every day. 
Please help us to keep our hearts, minds and hands turned to your presence,
listening to your call and working for your Kingdom.     
Scripture
Isaiah 40:1-11
Comfort for God’s People 

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
  that her hard service has been completed,
  that her sin has been paid for,
  that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.
A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord;
  make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low;
  the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
 A voice says, “Cry out.”
 And I said, “What shall I cry?”
“All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout,
  lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”
See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms
  and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Reflection
Closing Prayer
Dear God, thank you for the possibility of Shalom in our lives. Please help us to find communion - right relationship -- with you and with each other. Thank you for sending us your Son, to show us your Way.   
Paul Sanner
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