The Hope of Homecoming: Advent Reflections on Isaiah 2:1-5

When the proverb says, "Without a vision the people perish," it is not only saying that we need to keep some future hope alive in order that we can live in our difficulties now. The vision of a world without war, mandated by the great God of Zion, is far more than a fanciful dream of a few foolish overly-optimistic peaceniks. When Martin Luther King, Jr. helped all of us envision a world without racism, he was doing more than dreaming. He was casting a vision, another way of seeing the world. If we can see the vision, we can live into it, and need not wait for some long-expected future to do so. We simply must see the visions that God has for us and live always into them and toward them.

And that is the home to which Isaiah points Israel and us. And Isaiah concludes in verse 5 with a burst of prophetic hope that the vision can become reality. "O house of Jacob, let us finally (or "truly" or "really") walk in the light of YHWH!" We can go home again, home to the wonders of a God of peace who has envisioned more for us than continual "wars on terror" or "wars on drugs." Advent points us toward home where the hope of genuine peace reigns. Thus, we can say with the ancient seer, "Let us finally walk in the light of God!" Welcome home!

Read Alyce McKenzie's New Testament reflection for this week here.

11/19/2010 5:00:00 AM
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    John C. Holbert is the Lois Craddock Perkins Professor Emeritus of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX.