The vision of Ezekiel shows Yahweh enthroned above the Cosmos, capable of commanding the chaos of the world into order as at Creation. Written to both provide comfort and command Divine allegiance to Yahweh for an exiled people, the vision of Ezekiel gives pause for those of us who read it in the context of the 21st Century. Our God is still LORD over the heavens and the earth – supremely capable of commanding the cosmos yet divinely relational with those who believe.
At a time when chaos seems close at hand and darkness looms over the earth, the promise of Christ’s coming shines a light of hope into our fear and anxiety.
No matter the machinations of human politics and power mongering, God shows us a different way; God takes on our form and dwells among us, full of light, love and truth. We can be bold in our proclamation of the TRUTH in a world of “alternative facts!”
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel! In the midst of our fears, light the path in the darkness so that we see you. Give us a vision to hope for a time when your way of love and inclusion and grace might overcome the powers and principalities of hate and violence. Give us the courage to follow where you lead. Amen
Patti Axel is the Pastor of Nativity Lutheran Church in semi-rural NE Georgia
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