The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus,
2 it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.
3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God, He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense,
He will come and save you."
"As we approach the end of this century, there will be calls for unusual sacrifice. Our values will be turned upside down and our way of life not only challenged but altered by the pressures of the time. It will be a time for us to recover the sacred vision of human life and bless what there is for being. We all long for the space we inhabit to be sacred, to be "really real" (to use Mircea Eliade's phrase). To be fully alive as human beings demands our living in sacred space. The ordained ministry is a way of keeping the question of the sacred alive, the question of what it means to be a human being."
by The Rev. Claire Woodley-Aitchison.