“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Some words from Isaiah, in the Old Testament. That sense of permanence, against the impermanence of life. This field of grass caught my eye when we were out and about the other day. It was shifting and moving as the wind caught it….growing, seeding and dying back in the autumn, and returning in the spring.

Enduring in light and darkness. Isaiah captures the heart of everything with his observation that the ‘word of God endures forever’. Not, the ‘word of God is here today and gone tomorrow’! Our lives have their own moments and memories which we carry with us. God’s word of love for the universe, including us, never falters of gets tired.

Our physical lives have their boundaries, but we have the assurance that God is with us through all the twists and turns and the good and difficult times. We may feel sometimes that we are buffeted like fields of grass; moved here and there. But we need to remind ourselves that God’s creative and energising Spirit knows no limit; we just need to ask for assurance deep in our hearts and souls.

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