Scripture: Isaiah 65:17
Reflection: New heavens and a new earth? Sign me up! With the way this year has gone, I would be first in line for anything that could help me forget the chaos of 2020. I know that I’m not alone in this. The pain and grief of this year caused by a pandemic, racial injustice, and time away from loved ones, just to name a few factors, seems unbearable at times. A new Peace through Christ could not get here fast enough!
While reflecting on this verse from Isaiah, I found myself wondering what a new earth would look like. It dawned on me that through Christ the new heavens and earth are already here. Similarly to how God was at work the first Christmas, God is at work in our lives and in our community – even in the mess that is 2020. For Mary and Joseph I imagine “new earth” looked like the sleepy face of a newborn, despite their family’s persecution. In my life this “new earth” looks like a new marriage to a wonderful and supportive partner, a new puppy who is blissfully unaware of social distancing, and a new role at the church that allows me to see the incredible uplifting work of our ministry partners.
Hear this good news! There are precious glimpses of the new heavens and earth are all around us, despite the chaos of this year. These sneak peeks into all things new through Christ will not erase the troubles of the year but they just might help us through it. This advent season. I invite you to reflect on the “new heavens and new earth” moments you have experienced this year.
Prayer: Alpha and Omega, thank you for moments of Peace in the midst of chaos. As you comforted Mary and Joseph after the birth of Jesus, we are reminded that peace has a way of following faith. Be with us as we cope with the struggles of this year. Help us to see the New in our lives when we need a break from the pain of the past and present this Advent season. In your name we pray. Amen!
Author: Genie Richards, Outreach Team
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[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].