“I Read the News Today, Oh Boy”

This quote from A Day in the Life by the Beatles pretty well sums up how I felt scanning today’s headlines. U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Top 140,000 As World Sets Daily Record in New Cases. A new study suggests that school reopenings will trigger more outbreaks. Protests Grow On 52nd Night as Portland Responds to Federal Officers. The world’s a mess and there’s no longer any “normal” to return to. The situation is out of control and our leaders stumble, unsure of what to do next. Our money is being secretly stolen through inflation, unemployment has skyrocketed, and more people than ever are applying for food stamps. Businesses large and small are closing their doors forever, and an ever larger portion of our national budget is allocated to military expansion. Famine is starting to rear its ugly head, and shortages of many common items have already become a fact of life. What we need is a chance to start over! Well, here’s some good news for a change. The transformation has already begun.

The new heaven and new earth spoken of in Revelation 21 isn’t some mystical place in the sky. Jesus used familiar words when he spoke about the new world to come. He talked about family, homes, and work, all things we associate more with earth than with heaven. Right now, in the midst of the multiply crisis of plague, economic collapse, record heat, worsening weather, natural disasters, and military conflict, there are many wonderful stories unfolding that don’t make the prime-time news. People working to help humanity instead of just helping themselves creates an overlap between heaven and earth in a way best described by the talented people at the Bible Project. See for your self by checking out the short animation below.

As we watch our world change before our very eyes, we need to repeat this prayer of Jesus, “May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”

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