Isaiah 2: 2-5 ~ 3c “Instruction shall come from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 Thus He will judge among the nations and arbitrate for the manypeoples, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruninghooks: Nation shall not take up sword against nation; they shall no longer learn how to make war. 5 O come, people of Jacob, let us live in the light of the Lord.”

I knew a man named Paul who had been an arbitrator for union negotiations with big
corporations in the sixties. Though the corporations hired him, in his heart, he looked at
the workers as the ones he was serving. He often encouraged the companies to give the
workers the 2 to 5 cents more an hour they were requesting, and the companies won, too,
because the workers were no longer on strike.
Paul was successful at his arbitration and made a very good living. But he had come from
very poor people. As a little child in Romania, 2 or 3 years old, his parents would put him
up in the coal cars of idleing trains, so that he could ‘play’ with the coal and throw some of
it down, so they would have heat in their little hovel of a home. Paul knew want and
hunger. His background colored his life.
We in our world are like that, too. Our background colors our life.
In our deepest background, God created the world by putting light in the darkness, through
Word. We seek light. We long to know Word. God peacefully created a world of
goodness, a world where everyone and everything ate only “every plant yielding seed…and
every tree with seed in its fruit.” (Gen. 1:29) The world had harmony and peace. Our
background includes goodness, harmony and peace.
As we begin this New Christian Year with Advent, as we await the birth of a baby who
will/would/did make manifest that very light of God in this darkening world, our deepest
background colors our lives and our hopes. We hope for goodness, light, peace, and
Jesus made Manifest the Light in the darkness that is our deepest background. Jesus is the
very Word God spoke. The Word of Love, and Peace, and Hope, and Joy. The Word of
Light, and of Harmony of all living.
Thanks, God, for Your Son, the Christ, for whom this Season is named.
Merry Christmas, everyone. Blessings, Bethany

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