I close my eyes from the hurt.

I turn away from the bad.

I ignore the pleas for help.

But it remains.

How can I see the Good that comes from God, grows in God, belongs to God?

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On this mountain, the Lord of heavenly forces will prepare for all peoples a rich feast, a feast of choice wines, of select foods rich in flavor, of choice wines well refined. He will swallow up on this mountain the veil that is veiling all peoples, the shroud enshrouding all nations. He will swallow up death forever. The Lord God will wipe tears from every face; he will remove his people’s disgrace from off the whole earth, for the Lord has spoken.

Isaiah 25:6-8

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This vision is beautiful. Some visions are personal, what will happen for an individual. Some are for groups or peoples. This one, though, is for all God’s children.

Picture it: the grandest meal ever eaten, not just by you but by ANYONE. And there is a place set for EVERYONE. And while this sumptuous feast happens, God chooses a different meal, “a veil that is veiling all people.” One of the great motivating factors of being human since we started this “human race” is the fear of death. And God is going to consume it, destroying the Destructor that we all run from since our earliest days. And not only that, God then turns to comfort and console us, knowing that this fear has been haunting us all our days.

What a beautiful vision. What a precious promise. How does believing this is yet to come shape how we live our lives now?

If fear is to be swallowed up, what does that free me up to do today? Who does this enable me to be?

Rock Higgins

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Lord, when I look at the world, may I do so with your eyes. May I see the good, the beautiful, and the best in all situations. May each face be your beloved Child. And in the hard times, let me see where you are already at work and show me where to join in. Amen.

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What we see is a choice.

How we see is a choice.

Today I can choose to commit to see the good in God’s world and to work to make the bad better.

Rock Higgins

Rock Higgins is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Virginia. He loves the outdoors, summer camp, movies, good books, and spicy food. He enjoys living in Richmond with his wife and kids, and loves serving a church in Ashland. Rev.Rocks is his blog.

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