Isaiah Tells of God’s Kingdom
as interpreted by
Deborah Beach Giordano
© December 11, 2009
The forests and the fields
will be filled with joy,
the desert will burst forth into life –
blooming like the crocus.
Nature will delight in glorious abundance,
and every creature will shout “hallelujah!”
when the majestic power and radiant grace
of our God is fully revealed.
Strengthen the faltering
and encourage those of wavering faith.
Tell the frightened,
“Be strong! Do not be afraid!
God is near at hand – and will take your part:
evil will be cut down,
and the Holy One will raise you up.”
The eyes of the blind will be opened,
the deaf will hear,
the voiceless will speak,
and the lame shall leap like deer.
Mighty rivers shall run
through the countryside,
and streams will appear in the desert:
the burning sand will become
a verdant meadow.
Where hungry jackals now lurk
calm sheep will safely graze.
There will be a wide road,
called the Holy Way;
the wicked won’t walk on it,
only God’s people follow that path
and none of them – not even the foolish –
will go astray.
There will be nothing harmful
or dangerous along the Way,
only what is good and righteous;
and those who have been rescued
will come home again –
singing songs of grateful praise.
Joy and gladness will abide eternally,
and sorrow and anxiety will disappear
from the face of the earth.