Posted by: mcgurker | September 2, 2009

Hiking Thorough Scripture Part 6: The New Earth: “Meet Me in a Land of Hope and Dreams”

Scripture passages for this journey are:

Isaiah 11: 1-9
Isaiah 65: 17-25
Joel 2:18-27
Revelation 21: 1-5
Revelation 22: 1-5

This passage is the conclusion of the Green Bible Hiking through Scripture series.  This hike will take us through passages that describe God’s promise to restore and renew the entire creation, filling us with hope and inspiring us to offer our lives in service to the reconciling work of God.

“I’m creating a new heavens and a new earth.  All the earlier troubles, chaos and pain are things of the past, to be forgotten. Look ahead with joy.  Anticipate what I’m creating… No more sounds of weeping in the city, no cries of anguish; no more babies dying in the cradle, or old people who don’t enjoy a full lifetime…For they themselves are plantings blessed by God, with their children and grandchildren likewise God-blessed… Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill anywhere on my Holy Mountain,” says God. – Isaiah 65: 17-25, The Message.

The vision of this passage lies in stark contrast to the impacts of climate change we are currently experiencing and the impacts scientists predict we will experience unless we make significant reductions to our greenhouse gas emissions. When facing the scientific realities of drought, famine, sea level rise, and disease along with the political realities described by the Tyler, National Council of Churches Assistant Director for Climate and Energy, in her recent blog post, it can be difficult to imagine let alone believe the reality God promises us through Isaiah’s vision.

Yet, we do believe and look ahead with joy. Our belief is displayed through our actions, communal and personal. The impact of our faith through action (James 1:22-25) will help turn Isaiah’s vision into a reality.  It is through the persistent prayers, letters and phone calls of people who believe in the vision of Isaiah that the political climate will begin to change and some of the worst impacts of climate change will be avoided. September 20 to 27 is Climate Action Week, a global campaign to empower people from around the world to push world leaders to respond to the challenge of climate change. Click here to find out what you can do during this week to help make Isaiah’s vision a reality.

“Blind eyes will be opened, deaf ears unstopped, lame men and women will leap like deer, springs of water will burst out in the wilderness, streams flow in the desert. Hot sands will become a cool oasis, even lowly jackals will have water to drink, and barren grasslands flourish richly.”  Isaiah 35: 5-7, (The Message)

The book of revelation describes the reconciled Creation as a place where God dwells (21:3), where the tree of life offers healing to the nations, and where God’s people offer themselves up for service to God (22: 1-3). These passages send the lyrics of one of my favorite songs buzzing through my head.

“Leave behind your sorrows
Let this day be the last
Tomorrow there’ll be sunshine
And all this darkness past.

Big Wheels roll through the fields
Where the sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams
Bruce Springsteen

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