As a child, it felt like the period from December first to December twenty-fifth was the loooongest period of the year. You could fit three summer breaks in those twenty-five days. When my daughter started asking how many days until Christmas about November 10th, I realized some things never change! If Advent is all about waiting, then kids understand Advent on a level that adults often miss!
Isaiah promises a future that sounds too good to be true! A new heaven and a new earth where there is no more weeping, no more distress, no more homelessness or hunger. A new Jerusalem that is created as a joy! Where there is peace and the even natural enemies will be at peace. It is a future that God’s people have waited over 2500 years for. Like a Christmas to a child, it seems like it will never get here. So, we wait.
However, we do not wait idly. Instead, as we wait for a new Heaven and a new Earth, we try to make this Earth better. We pray each week, “they kingdom come, they will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Then we go out and try to make this world as close to the one that God promised through Isaiah.
Holy God, as we wait for the new Heaven and Earth, as we wait for the day when pain and suffering will cease to be, help us to continue the work of furthering your Kingdom here on Earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.
Rev. Chris Deacon is the pastor of the United Parish of Bowie, a joint UCC/PC(USA) congregation in Bowie, MD. He is also the author of “Louder than Words.”
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