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A New Heaven here in our World

We are nearing the ending of the church year and we can sense that in our readings with themes of a coming new heaven and the over-turning of the broken world as we know it. (Luke 21:5-19, Isaiah 65:17-25; Isaiah 12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13. Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost. Proper 28) Most of us can identify with a deep longing for a new creation, for the new Jerusalem, where there will be life as it should be. But many of us feel more familiar with the sense of dread and despair that the gospel reading, with its mysterious warning of the terrible events at the end of time, speaks to.