No utopia this side of eternity
December 29, 2010
"I heard the bells on Christmas Day,
their old familiar carols play.
And wild and sweet
the anthem rang,
of peace on earth,
good will to man."
I don't think I got that all right, but the bells keep reverberating in my head, like thoughts eddying against the current. And they'll keep on ringing from the Christmas season right on to year's end, pealing in the new year.
2011. What will it bring? Peace on earth? C'mon. There will always be wars and rumors of wars. Utopia isn't going to happen this side of eternity. I know...I know...some of you are saying, "Well, that's your opinion and you're entitled to it."
Meanwhile, and I've been immobilized at the idea of putting into words what I was thinking. I'll just revert to the words of Art Schoonveld from Holland, Michigan again, as I just read something he has to say about the subject. "Because Christ came, the day will come when Palestinians and Jews, Arabs and Americans, and people of every other tribe and nation will stand before the throne as one, praising the Lamb. Until that day we who have been reconciled with God through Jesus Christ are to bring that reconciliation wherever possible. Beginning with ourselves, we are to reach out to those who are different, who disagree with us, who look different from us. We are to bring the peace that Jesus, the Prince of Peace, came to bring wherever and whenever we are able."
So, it's a matter of the heart, but it involves a vertical as well as a horizontal relationship. Does that make sense?
Peace, from the Prince of Peace, for 2011.
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Willene Tanis is a longtime resident of the Imlay City area and an active volunteer in the community. Many readers find her 'Perspectives' column to universal and uplifting.