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Nov  2010 13
God, the Garbage Man

Isaiah paints a picture of what God's world can and will become. Jim Wilson suggests that the new heavens and the new earth emerge as the daily clean-up activity of God rather than through a cataclysmic end time event.

God, the Garbage Man

The 25th Sunday after Pentecost C November 14, 2010 Green

Isaiah 65:17-25, Isaiah 12, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, Luke 21:5-19

 

“For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.” Isaiah 65:17  (NRSV)
 

“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” Luke 21:9  (NRSV)
 

“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:3-5  (NRSV)

 

“REPENT THE END IS AT HAND!

So read the concrete cross beside the highway,

no wood to rot, nor steel to rust,

a message designed for eternity

 

The sun set last night

rising at the crack of dawn today,

what was yesterday no longer binds,

the liberation of the new day magnificent

 

The end of it all?

perhaps, but not just yet,

the promise of today being lived

‘tis ours to celebrate

 

Today salvation knocks,

offering peace in the midst of turmoil,

sanity in spite of our many wars and insurrections

the time thereof is constantly at hand

 

An eschaton? Cataclysmic upheaval? 

Out there somewhere,

or simply the setting and rising of the sun

while being lifted to the breast of God for our daily feeding

 

The real presence of the Lord of Hosts,

a constant reality,

now to proclaim such truth

to all the nations and down the street and within our soul

 

 

Though the dream of many in scripture seems to be for an end of the present order and the beginning of a new one, we are not compelled to think of this in “end time” theology, I prefer to note this as a daily gift of God, coming to us as Bishop Pike stated in one of his books, “God is like a garbage man, taking the trash from our lives day after day.” -- Jim Wilson

 

Note: Jim Wilson is a retired United Methodist minister with a close connection to PTS.

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