Called into the future

Daily reading: Isaiah 61:1-11
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Focus passage:  They will rebuild the ancient ruins; they will restore formerly deserted places; they will renew ruined cities, places deserted in generations past. Isaiah 61:4

You can almost imagine the community gathering and investing their lives in rebuilding.  In sifting through the rubble and, rather than striving to put the pieces back together much like we do with a puzzle, they find a way to build in a new way, creating a new temple that may just bear the scars of the past.  Not intending to pretend that the past did not happen, but that has formed them into the people that God is calling them to be:  A people that have wondered, a people that has turned their backs on God, a people that have stumbled their way in and out of faithfulness. 
They work on rebuilding this Holy City, where the temple housed the Ark of the Covenant, the very presence of God.  The work is sacred and I imagine that as they sifted through and planned and placed mortar on stone, that an interior work of a similar fashion was happening in their souls.

And the prophet sings about it joyfully.  This new community that they are patching together, of exiles and left behinds, of those who saw the temple fall and those who only had ever seen its ruins, hear of this promise, this dream of God where the world as they know it is renewed in a way that they have yet to realize and live in.


Prayer, God of Advent Joy, help me to be faithful to you in all times.  Amen.

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