There’s a difference between waiting for something you know and waiting for something unknown. We all know Christmas will come on December 25 and each day moves us closer. It is much harder to wait for something we do not usually know like the birth of a child. When awaiting the birth of my first child, I tried to get ready but there was so much I could not prepare for; it was out of my hands.
The people at the time of Ezekiel had been waiting in exile. They did not know how long they would wait. Eventually it had been 25 years away from home. Ezekiel’s vision revealed that a new space for the people was coming – the time of waiting would be ending but they still didn’t know when.
In Ezekiel’s vision – the fourth in this book — we hear about specific cubits and hand-widths for the new building. The actual temple was still about 50 years off and would be different than the vision but it would be a new place for God’s people. Hope was coming.
How many people in our communities feel exiled from where they thought they would be? How long must they wait for a space that can include them? The words of the prophets call us to action now. The time of waiting is over. God has a plan; as followers we can look for ways to fulfill that plan by seeking to create spaces of inclusion and welcome.
Holy God, divine architect, use us to build up communities and show us how to use our gifts and talents to reach out to those who live away from their homes. Amen.
Sandra Carlson Alexis is the pastor at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
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