These images reveal the beauty of creation and of GOD’s mission in the world. Of a dream that is not yet realized but will be. Will be!

God’s message draws us to the margins
Advent 3A |  Isaiah 35:1-10

When I first visited my grandparents in Green Valley, I really didn’t know what to expect. I was in grade school, 8 or 9 I think. And what I knew of the desert is that it’s covered in sand and there is nothing. Desolate. Vultures circle over the dying prey. What I had seen in movies. But my vision couldn’t square with the idea that people could live there. Deserts are deadly.

Leaving the Tucson airport, we soon found ourselves in an unfamiliar wilderness. Things grew besides cacti. The bleak desert of my imagination was uninhabitable. And somehow there was life here. Different life. But life.

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