How many times have you read about an injustice in the world and thought, “I wish there were something I could do” or “I need to know more about this”?
I’ve been there, too. Often. And that’s why I decided to start this blog.
I’m Sarah Eisele-Dyrli, and I’m a communciator, facilitiator, lay worship pastor, and evaluator. I’m on a mission to help you take one small step toward acting justly in response to injustice.
Why “All Things New”?
A few years ago, I spoke at a women’s retreat using Revelation 21. I decided to title it, “All Things New.”
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
A few incredible things here:
- Heaven is going to come down to Earth.
- God is going to live with us, here, on this earth, just as he always planned (see Genesis 3).
- Death will be destroyed. Pain will be ended. All cause for sadness will cease.
- God is making everything new. Now. The world is being transformed right before our eyes, being made right even though we can’t see it yet.
Understanding what this passage says changed my life. Through the acts of justice I commit here no this earth, God is making things new. In N. T. Wright’s “Surprised by Hope,” he characterizes justice as
a shorthand for the intention of God, expressed from Genesis to Revelation, to set the whole world right.
This rightness, this justice, is the presence of the Kingdom of God here on earth, as it is in heaven.
As we act justly in everyday acts, whether big or small, God is making all things new.
we are all called to take part in making all things new
we can’t care about everything, but we can care a lot about a few things
Jesus loves you and I more than we could ever dare hope
we are called to love others with the love of Jesus
So pull up a chair. Take a few deep breaths. And decide to take one small step.