What follows is my last reflection as principal of Sunshine Christian School…
‘In the last days…the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob… He will teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths….Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Come…let us walk in the light of the Lord.’
– Isaiah 2:1-5
Wow…the end of the year is upon us and Christmas is at hand! We have lit the first candle of Advent and we are looking forward to celebrating the birth of our Saviour. We’ve also got our present purchasing under control, have our celebratory meals organized and are feeling very much on top of the month that is to come…right?
I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to welcome the birth of Jesus. My office is a mess, my home needs a good clean, my to do list grows ever longer and as a result, I’m not feeling very merry, peaceful or joyful. I’m feeling rather cranky and tired to be honest!
Reflecting on our reading from Isaiah this week, I can see such refreshing, wonderful imagery and richness of thought. The church can easily get caught in the trap of not giving much time to the Old Testament and it is a big mistake to do so. What a lovely vision – all the people of the Lord streaming to worship God in peace.
I exhort us all to turn our eyes at this time to see the mountain of the Lord which is a constant presence in our lives. For some of us there may be clouds of frustration, for others mists of uncertainty or perhaps we are so busy looking at the ground that we forget to look up at all.
Regardless, Jesus is a constant and immovable force for peace, comfort and joy in our lives. As we move into the ‘silly season’ of Christmas, receiving encouragement from every angle to take our eyes off celebrating the birth of our savior, let us steadfastly keep to our course. Let us walk in the light of God and proclaim his love, mercy and compassion this Christmas.