With all that we see in our world today, we can grow tired and weary of the heaven and earth we experience. The thought of new heavens and a new earth seems enticing. In fact, I wonder whether what we see in our world is an effort for some to try to create a new existence using their own powers. Sometimes human desires come at the expense of persons around them and may require military intervention.

Today is Veterans Day in the United States. While Isaiah prophesies that the former things will not be remembered nor will they come to mind, those living in the United States do remember. We remember those from among our families and neighbors and towns and cities who have felt compelled to do what they could to defend our nation and its allies. We remember them and are thankful.

Many Americans want to believe that what our veterans spent their energy and time doing was in support of Isaiah’s vision of joy and delight manifest in the here and now—a place where God’s creation would be honored and nurtured; a place where crying, remorse, and regret would be no more; a place where unexpected and untimely death would not inflict its sting.

American veterans, as brave and courageous as they have been, could not usher in the paradise Isaiah tells us will come. That can only be left to the Divine, to the God that reigns over all creation, who understands the kind of joy and delight that will exist in God’s heaven and earth. As part of God’s created, we have much to anticipate!

Creating God, help us know that what we create can never be as good as what you create. You have created each of us, so help us live into all that you would have us be. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
November 11–17, 2019
Resumen de la Escritura

This week we read two passages from the prophet Isaiah. In the first, God promises a total restoration, a new heaven and a new earth— a theme repeated in Revelation 21. The new Jerusalem will be filled with joy and prosperity. Isaiah 12 offers thanksgiving to God for the gift of salvation. God’s praise will be proclaimed among many nations. In the epistle, Paul chastises a lazy faction among the Thessalonians. This passage has been misapplied as teaching against providing assistance to the poor, but Paul’s target is not the poor; it is those who can provide for themselves but fail to do so because they say they are too focused on waiting for Jesus. In Luke, Jesus foretells future turmoil for Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans.

Preguntas para la reflexión

Read Isaiah 65:17-25. How can you play a part in Isaiah’s vision for God’s people? When do you have to accept that only God can usher in this vision? How do you know the difference between these two situations?
Read Isaiah 12. How can your words be life-changing for others?
Read 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13. Who has mentored you in the faith? How has their guidance kept you disciplined and helped you grow?
Read Luke 21:5-19. How do you speak the truth of Jesus to those who say the end is near?

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