Monday September 7th, Isaiah 35:  5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.  Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. 7 The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.  This is a vision of when the Lord returns to live with humanity.  But when does a vision move from simply being a vision out there in the sky somewhere to becoming a mission?  If indeed this is a vision, metaphorically or not, of when the Lord comes, should it not also be mission in life for the children of God?  Are we not called to work on bringing about healing and wholeness both in the lives of the children of God but also in the creation of God?  Is this vision limited to a narrow tribal or national or ethnic view of God’s creation, or is it for all of God’s people created in the image of God and called good as well as all of God’s creation?  If it is simply a vision of sometime out there in the future, then we must also accept either a view of a limited god or a sadistic god who either can’t bring about good in this creation or doesn’t care to bring about good in this creation.  If our view of God is of a supreme Lord God Almighty, then we must also accept that this not simply a prediction but a calling to help bring this view of creation into being.  


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