St. John's Day
Isaiah 40:3-8

                          Haypeople by Reijo Kela, Suomussalmi, Finland.

The voice of the crying in the wilderness:
"Prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted,
and every mountain and hill
shall be made low;
the crooked places
shall be made straight,
and the rough places smooth;
the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.
And all flesh shall see it together;
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken."

The voice said, "Cry out!"
And he said, "What shall I cry?"

"All flesh is grass,
and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
because the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God stands forever."