We live in a broken fractured world. There are divisions all around us. There is war and not peace. There is racism, sexism and all sorts of isms in this world. There are walls–visible and invisible built around us. I yearn for the days that there is no wall and there is no division.
How often do we think Jesus is standing right next to us? I remember a seminary professor saying, “When you think Jesus is standing right next to you, he is more than likely standing on the other side of the line.” In reading scripture, there are definitely times I’m almost certain Jesus is standing next to me. But when I put myself in someone else’s shoes, it helps me to see their perspective and try to understand where they stand.
I yearn for peace and justice. So I cling to the promise that God gave us; a covenant of peace for all people. A covenant of peace that breaks down the walls of injustice. A covenant of peace that stops war from breaking out. A covenant of peace that opens our eyes and ears to see and hear God’s love in this world. A covenant of peace that breaks forth and is risen from the grave. A covenant of peace that we as God’s people can cling to today, tomorrow and for years to come.