Isaiah 35, Day 2

“Isaiah 35, Day 2”
Isaiah 35:2a
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

The Hebrew word translated variously as “crocus,” “meadow saffron,” “rose,” “narcissus,” “lily,” or “flower” (chabatstseleth) is of uncertain derivation. Out of the dry, cracked earth, a carpet of colorful blooms burst into song in praise of their Creator. 

Yes, in joy you shall go forth,
in peace you shall be brought home;
Mountains and hills shall break out in song before you,
all trees of the field shall clap their hands.

In place of the thornbush, the cypress shall grow,
instead of nettles, the myrtle.
This shall be to the Lord’s renown,
as an everlasting sign that shall not fail.

Isaiah 55:12-13

The dry earth of our humanity (adam from adamah—earth, land) yearns for the living waters of the Spirit to transform it into a paradise of abundant life.

O God, you are my God, for you I long;
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.

Psalm 63:1-2 (2-3), Translation from the Liturgy of the Hours

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