Monday, December 20, 2010

Day 23 of Advent - "God's vision"

Day 23 of Advent
Monday in 4th week of Advent

Readings

Psalm 61
Psalm 62
Isaiah 11:1-9
Revelation 20:1-10
John 5:30-47

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Are we in need of salvation?  What does salvation mean?  The word can be translated as healing as much as it can be translated as "saving."  What would healing and wholeness look like?  What is God's vision for the world?

Well, Isaiah has a vision of a world dominated by righteousness, in which the "normal" and "expected" hierarchies are transformed, where the strong and the weak live together, where the predators and the prey coexist, where blue states and red states find common ground, where women and men can finally find a way to communicate, where liberal and conservatives stop fighting over minutae, where religions set aside their conflicts and find common ground, where we no longer study war any more.

Are we need of salvation?  What would healing and wholeness look like?  Well, God has a vision, and it is our job to jump into service to help enact that vision.  We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to join in the great adventure of helping to make God's vision a reality.  All we have to do is do it, and know that it's not all up to us!

~The Rev. Peter Carey

Isaiah 11:5-9
5 Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. 6 The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder¹s den. 9 They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. 

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