A river cuts through a rock, not because of its power, but its persistence.
Isaiah 40:25, 28-31, Psalm 91
Today we hear some very pastoral words… words of comfort and consolation being delivered to a community experiencing much suffering and hardship. The Israelites have been plundered by foreign adversaries and taken into exile, away from their home, their beloved Temple, everything that gave them identity and purpose. And they are wondering if God has abandoned them, forgotten about them. Given the circumstances, they had every reason to be concerned and to raise doubts. But Isaiah brings them a message of hope and perseverance.