Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Day 24 of Advent - "New heaven and new earth"

Day 24 of Advent
Tuesday in 4th week of Advent

Readings

Psalm 66
Psalm 67
Isaiah 11:10-16
Revelation 20:11-21:8
Luke 1:5-25

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The time has turned so that the days will be growing longer for the next 6 months here in the Northern Hemisphere.  The Winter Solstice is upon us, and while this holiday is not essentially Christian, the notion of the light coming into the dark dark world is some of the deepest theological metaphor that we have when we view God coming into the world as Jesus.  The incarnation of God as human is the coming of light into the world.

And so, with the turning of the dark days to light, we also are preparing for the Feast of the Incarnation in but a few days, the coming of Christ into the world, and the coming of light into a dark world.  We have strived to put on the armor of light, we have worked to anticipate and prepare for his coming, and we have reflected deeply upon our lives, working to prepare a place for him in our hearts.

God will provide for us, even in the chilly and dark place of the mid-winter, even in the dark and lonely place of our lives.  God will wash away every tear from our eyes and will work out a new heaven and a new earth.

"To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life."

Amen

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Revelation 21:3-8
God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.² 5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, ³See, I am making all things new.² Also he said, ³Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.² 6 Then he said to me, ³It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.

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