I wish you all a belated very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This meditation made me think of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and how "the hopes and fears of ALL the years are met in Thee tonight..."Here's to a New Year filled with courage to live counter-culturally and believe that He is enough to speak peace, light, hope and love through us into the darkness that surrounds us.
So much of our energy, time, and money goes into maintaining distance from one another. Many if not most of the resources of the world are used to defend ourselves against each other, to maintain or increase our power, and to safeguard our own privileged position.
Imagine all that effort being put in the service of peace and reconciliation! Would there be any poverty? Would there be crimes and wars? Just imagine that there was no longer fear among people, no longer any rivalry, hostility, bitterness, or revenge. Just imagine all the people on this planet holding hands and forming one large circle of love. We say, "I can't imagine." But God says, "That's what I imagine, a whole world not only created but also living in my image."