Advent 13: Psalm 27,28 & Isaiah 11:1-10

From Charlene Hong

"They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea." 
~Isaiah 11:9

I love the beautiful picture of restoration in today's Isaiah passage. In the tumultuous climate of the world today and the destructive tragedies that have occurred in recent news, our society is certainly not a stranger to the homesick longing for the promised peace of God. The image of comprehensive restoration "as the waters cover the sea" in Isaiah 11 is one in which all of heaven and earth will live in peace, harmony, and the currently unimaginable shalom that God intended for His creation. Christ will bring justice, wisdom, righteousness, and faithfulness, establishing His glorious "place of rest" for the nations. This vision of what Jesus has already inaugurated (and that we will one day fully experience) fills my heart and compels me, reminding me of the hope we have in Him of eternal life--not in some immaterial existence in the clouds--but in true reconciliation with the Father and with all of creation. With this eternal hope which we eagerly await, in the present interim we can cry with expectant anticipation as the psalmist to the Lord, "The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever."

I'm a Carolina girl who's been in Boston for six years, now working in campus ministry. My favorite things include family, chocolate chip cookies, and Victorian Canada.