Isaiah 55: 6-9

The prophet stresses God’s utter transcendence and God’s merciful love – these are complementary and not contradictory.

Philippians 1: 20-24. 27

Paul desires to die to be more fully with Christ, but it is God’s will that her remain on this earth to carry out his mission.

Matthew 20: 1-6

God cannot be measured by any human standards.  As the source of everything that exists, the Lord can bestow his blessings according to his loving kindness.