With the coming of Advent we will begin a four-part sermon series at First UMC Burlington. The Lectionary Texts from the Book of Isaiah will guide us through the season leading to Christmas. A line from St. Paul – “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing …” (I Corinthians 1:18) and a line from Reinhold Niebuhr – “The relevance of an impossible ideal …” provide a backdrop for our messages. This coming Sunday we hear the familiar lines from Isaiah 2 – a dream of swords beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks. Can there ever be a world in which we don’t learn of war anymore? Is this an impossible dream, or a compelling vision?
Even in the midst of the tragedies and horrors of war, stories emerge like flowers from seemingly barren soil. Kindnesses are done that go unheard of. A story emerged on facebook recently about Lt. Billie D. Harris, his widow, Peggy Seale Harris, and a town in France.
“Lord of the far horizons, give us eyes to see, over the edge of the sundown, the beauty that is to be.” Bliss Carman
May your Tuesday be blessed.