RE Verse reading–Isaiah 6 (day two) ” ‘Woe is me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips’ ” (vs 5) A real encounter with God is much harder than we normally think. For all the promise of eternal life and mind-boggling peace, a friendship with the Holy One comes with a cost. When Isaiah saw the Lord high and lifted up, his first feelings were of danger and vulnerability. The temple shook and filled with smoke–like an earthquake or a house fire. Disturbing! He also experienced guilt. Peter felt the same in his first encounters with Christ. (see Luke 5:8) Painful? Yes! Life-giving? Yes, yes! Jesus said, “The way is DIFFICULT that leads to life” (Matthew 7:14) Perhaps we should read it “The way is difficult that leads to LIFE” No discouragement here. Just honest truth. Walking in friendship with God is hard start, hard assignment with a great finish!