Do not be afraid of ambitious visions! – Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12
Today’s Isaiah text expresses the vision of a perfect community that resides in the kingdom of God. It is a community that is at peace with each other. Conflicts that govern contemporary life have been resolved. Don’t be discouraged because the envisioned state of being seems unlikely. Ambitious visions take time. Our time on this world is relatively short. God’s exists on an entirely different time scale. But God’s love moves history in the same way as tiny drops of water carved out the Grand Canyon. The love of God creates a new world, a new Jerusalem, the shining city on a hill, where peace and justice prevail.
Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA.
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