Friday after Ash Wednesday


3 A voice is calling,
“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
4 “Let every valley be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
5 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
And all flesh will see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
6 A voice says, “Call out.”
Then he answered, “What shall I call out?”
All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades,
When the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever. ~ Isaiah 40:3-8 (NASB)

The pathway for the Lord is rough everywhere in the world, including our own hearts. We have to ask God’s help to smooth the way, giving us true repentance and understanding of His Word. We have to slow down enough in our busy lives to let God work in our hearts to prepare us the coming Easter.

Heavenly Father, this Lent smooth out the rough places in my heart and create a smooth pathway for Your Word that stands forever. Open my eyes and ears to see and hear and understand. Most of all, let Your Word work in my life to show Your eternal glory to people who are like grass that withers away. May I always stand on Your Word. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, now and forever. Amen.

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