All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6-8
The inevitability of death is a very difficult thing for most people to face, especially when we’re young.
And it is difficult to face the fact that those we love also have a limited time in this earthly life. Our aversion to the reality of death is natural. Isaiah uses examples from nature – grasses and flowers in a field – to remind us that all living things have their seasons and lifespans.
But God’s love and presence, his word and his promises, are eternal, and they do not only apply to us in this life, but also in the life to come. Life itself, in God’s grace and goodness, does not end. It may change form and setting and substance, but we have his word that it does not end. It is a promise for all the seasons of our lives.
©Carol Dean Henn, 2018
Carol Dean Henn of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA