5 December 2010

The wolf shall live with the lamb,   the leopard shall lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the fatling together,   and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze,   their young shall lie down together

Sounds like a Christmas Card from Hallmark.   But we know the reality is that the world has evolved so that the strong survive and those that adapt so as to fight off or evade their predators are the ones with a future

Advent offers the promise of something else:   Shalom

Another quote from Walter Bruggemann:

Shalom, is creation time, when all God’s creation eases up  on hostility and destruction and finds another way of relating” 

The old practice of the big ones eating the little ones is not the wave of the future…. The rightly governed world will indeed be detoxified,  no more a threat to the poor, the meek, the children, the lamb, the kid.  The new world will indeed be safe for the vulnerable

This morning I want to invite you into a place that you may or may not have been expecting to head today.

Using the images of the Story book in your mind, and the sounds of reflective music I invite you to be aware of the battle that is going on:

Not the battles in Afghanistan, or the financial battles on the stock market Not even the battles for dignity and respect in detention centres.

This time today is your time and I invite you to journey into the battles that go on within.

What part of you is wolf?   What part of you is lamb? With an evolutionary mindset,  we might expect that we need to be making parts of us strong and make it so that the more vulnerable parts of our lives can eventually devour other parts

What does it mean for you today in your spirit

The old practice of the big ones eating the little ones is not the wave of the future…. The rightly governed world will indeed be detoxified,  no more a threat to the poor, the meek, the children, the lamb, the kid.  The new world will indeed be safe for the vulnerable

God’s desires are that it is safe for the most vulnerable part of your living the most sensitive and fragile.

Isaiah 11 talks about a shoot coming out from the stump of Jesse,  But this is after Isaiah 10 has talked about the lofty trees being felled and the tall ones being brought low.

Today isn’t a day to try to be strong, courageous, or as might as the cedars of Lebanon Today is a day to be reminded of the spirit of God nurturing the stillest smallest shoot.

Peace at Advent is not just a dram about what might become reality out there It’s about trusting God for refreshment of what is to be the case in here

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